Starting 3 April, we will now meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 10AM-Noon. We will also lead an occasional (quarterly?) Saturday afternoon session. Do check the website for any last minute 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.
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:
-Wednesday, 4 September 10:00AM-Noon: meet at Small Profit Dock (end of Nassau Road) to cover the foreshore. Wellies are a must for everyone at this location.
-TUESDAY, 24 September AFTERNOON at Small Profit Dock: During this extraordinary session, we will once again be conducting the "Big Bottle (and single use plastic cups!) Count" to collect Thames21's all important data. Please save the date. More info to follow as details become firmed up.
-Wednesday, 2 October 10:00AM-Noon: Meeting place to be confirmed closer to the date
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