Thames21 celebrated the ‘exponential impact’ of our volunteers last night at Wapping riverside pub the Prospect of Whitby.
Entitled ‘Lost and Found in our Waterways’ it was an evening of sharing anecdotes, stories and information about the geographical spread of Thames21’s volunteer work.
Guest speaker Tom Bolton, author of London’s Lost Rivers and Vanished City, gave a fascinating talk about how buried rivers can be traced above ground and how they help uncover a secret landscape and history.
It was also a chance for the Event Support Team, Waterway Engagement volunteers, Thames River Watch citizen scientists and freshwater monitors on the Brent, Lea and Ravensbourne to all get a chance to meet each other.
Training officer Molly Gadenz praised the volunteers, and gave a rundown of how their impacts have grown over the years. Meanwhile the Thames River Watch team gave short presentations about how citizen scientist volunteers are shaping the programme’s ongoing research.
Lucky winners of the ‘strangest thing you’ve found’ prize got prizes including bottles of wine, a day trip on a Thames Clipper and a voucher for the Sky Garden bar and restaurant.