Tides permitting, we generally meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 10am-Noon but this can vary. Do check the website for any last minute or tide related changes before heading out. Volunteers should wear clothing they don't mind gettng dirty, sturdy footwear/wellies (no sandals) and waterproof gloves. As the foreshore can be extremely muddy, wellies are preferred! Additionally, with rampant vegetation such as stinging nettles, long sleeved shirts, trousers and sunglasses prove beneficial.
Couldd everyone please email in advance if you need to borrow equipment (e.g., litter pick sticks) as supplies are limited. Also, if you are new, please arrive 15 minutes early to collect your equipment and to discuss any queries about the Health & Safety briefing which you should read in advance and is accessible by clicking here.
Upcoming Group Sessions:
Due to the tides, group sessions will be later in the month for December:
-Wednesday, 11 December 10am-Noon: CHANGED MEETING POINT: We will meet on the towpath end of Queen Elizabeth Walk (the lane going past the Wetland Centre and to the left of the Barnes Sports Centre entrance). We wil work toward Hammersmith Bridge, covering both the towpath and foreshore so wellies please if you are going on to the foreshore.
- We then break for the holidays and resume in January 2020. Watch this space for dates.
Why join us?
While many of us have been inspired by Sky's Ocean Rescue campaign and David Attenborough's Blue Planet, we need to look no further than our own patch of the river to see the impact of both wilful littering and debris washed up with the tides.
Please join us to make a difference. While litter picking is helpful, this is just the tip of the iceberg. What we really need is behaviour modification, which goes beyond the obvious the "Do Not Litter" message and emphasises recycling; actually USING less plastic and other non-biodegradeable packaging, and an awareness that "flushable" consumer objects put down the loo/drain often find their way into our Thames and onto our towpath. We also work with other entities to influence wider changes and enhance awareness through various initiatives, schemes and campaigns.
Finally, fresh air, good company and a sense of accomplishment are guaranteed during Barnes Tidy Towpath sessions.
We look forward to seeing you soon,
Petra and Ann