Take your family, your friends or just yourself on an urban wilderness adventure in South East London. For three weeks this summer you can join in a unique series of family-friendly days on your local river; from clean-ups to free our precious rivers of harmful litter, wildlife habitat improvements to pond dipping and nature walks suitable for all ages.
Now in its eighth year, this unique partnership programme has been highly successful in removing and preventing the spread of invasive species such as Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam in the Ravensbourne River catchment. In 2015 we all removed record numbers of these species; but that’s not the only focus of this event. We also broaden our focus to include litter and general rubbish removal while engaging in habitat management, to attract more species to our rivers.
Last year 35 events were delivered by all partners over the three weeks with 400 volunteers tackling litter and invasive species, this amounted to 1300 hours of good effort and enthusiasm. The Ravensbourne has become one of the cleanest river catchments in London with a wide range of plants and animals.
In 2016 why not become part of this amazing show of community strength? Thames21 will help lead a series of volunteer events from June 11 to July 2 in collaboration with number of key organisations. These hands-on volunteering opportunities will take place throughout the Ravensbourne river system; the rivers Ravensbourne, Pool and Quaggy which flow though the South East London boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich, Croydon and Bromley.
– Discover hidden green gems on your doorstep
– Help your local environment
– Meet like-minded people
– Learn about local wildlife and the river system
– Find out about the flood measures that protect us
– Get involved in Citizen Science projects
THIS YEAR’S EVENTS: Check out the events calendar here and find one that suits you. All are free, and all equipment is provided, just wear clothes you won’t mind getting dirty. Please note, some events require pre-registration.