Join Thames 21 & MP Justine Greening In The Deep Clean 2011

Volunteers wanted to help clean the foreshore at Putney


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Thames21 is calling for volunteers to joing them with local MP Justine Greening, to help clean some of London’s dirtiest foreshores of the River Thames on the lowest tides of 2011.

Vast expanses of river foreshore in both East and West London that normally remain covered on regular tides will be exposed providing the ideal opportunity for you to help clean and green London’s river.

Justine MP for Putney Roehampton and Southfields said:
“The Thames is a huge part of life in Putney and we all want to see a cleaner and healthier river. I am really looking forward to helping out at The Deep Clean on Putney Foreshore, it is a great opportunity for residents to get involved and really make a difference to our local community. Thames21 works hard all year round to improve London’s waterways, and it would be great if residents turned out in force to help clean up our river.”

Volunteers are invited to do as much or as little as they are willing to do to help improve London’s environment. All equipment will be provided, just turn up wearing clothes you don’t mind getting a bit muddy. WE provide wellies and gloves, YOU just turn up!

TIME: 10.00am - 12.30pm Sunday 20th March
LOCATION: Meet by Putney Bridge (south side) on the Embankment (off Richmond Road), SW15 1JN. MAP

Last year, almost 400 volunteers participated in Thames21’s Deep Clean, helping to remove 10 tonnes of litter from the capital’s river.

This Deep Clean will have the added benefit of preparing West London’s river for the much anticipated Boat Race one week later. People looking to enjoy this historic spectacle are urged to join The Deep Clean and make the race an even more enjoyable experience for everyone. David Searle, Executive Director of The Boat Race Company Ltd:
“Thames21 has been responsible for transforming the appearance of the River in recent years and one of the biggest beneficiaries has been the annual Boat Race, which is why we have been so pleased to support its efforts in the past. The Deep Clean initiative around the start and finish of this year’s Race will make it an even more impressive spectacle and Thames21 is to be congratulated on its excellent work.”

People not wanting or unable to physically remove litter will be able to help collect data on the findings. Thames 21 are surveying the waste removed to better understand the extent of the litter problem in the Thames and in London’s waterways.

Those unable to join us in the clean up can get involved by photographing the Thames on its lowest tides of the year, wherever they are in London. Photographs can be shared on Twitter using the hashtag #lowtide.


March 15, 2011