We are locals who are passionate about our environment, the Thames towpath and waterways. As a Thames21 trained River Action Group, we organise 2-hour litter picking sessions, generally once a month on a Wednesday morning. We cover different stretches of the foreshore and towpath between Barnes Bridge, Hammersmith Bridge and Queen Elizabeth Walk/the Wetlands. Due to a shortage of trained leaders, group sessions will be limited to a small number of volunteers until new leaders are fully trained. Given the foregoing, we are also unable to take on any DofE candidates. We will update the website as and when this situation changes. In the interim, please have a look at upcoming Thames21 events: https://www.thames21.org.uk/get-involved-2/
We engage with passers-by to raise awareness that the global issues highlighted by David Attenborough's Blue Planet and Sky's Ocean Rescue are very much evident in our local patch of the Thames. While litter picking deals with the symptoms, our main objective is to actually reduce the use of these non-biodegradeable items that find their way into the river or onto the towpath. We work collaboratively with Thames21 as well as Richmond Council, Putney Tidy Towpath, the Port of London Authority ("PLA"), the Tideway Group, Habitats & Heritage, the BCA, Barnes Sports Club and environmentally focussed local shops, all of whom have provided invaluable support.
For details about our sessions, please click on "Upcoming Dates."