This project has now ended.
If you are interested in volunteering in this area, please contact Theo Thomas.
Big Waterways Clean Up 2012 is a London 2012 -inspired, partnership campaign to improve East London’s waterways.
Over 3500 volunteers helped enhance the waterways of London’s 2012 Host Boroughs ahead of the Games, and now we are working hard to ensure these valuable spaces are protected and enjoyed into the legacy period.
Find an event that suits you!
(Check the calendar then click the button on the right-hand side to register for an event in the drop down menu that appears.)
We want to connect East Londoners to their rivers and canals as safe and fun places for people and wildlife well into the future.
We are seeking young and old to get involved in this mass volunteer-led initiative to help build a lasting legacy for Londoners and their local neighbourhoods long after the 2012 Games.
This is an opportunity to ensure these valuable spaces, which characterise the now famous London 2012 locations, are seen as places we love, respect and enjoy, highlighting London’s commitment to sustainability and social inclusion.
And to make sure that your hard work is recognised into the future, individuals and community groups will be offered free training, allowing you to deliver your own waterway improvement volunteer events.
Here’s an idea of some of the things you could do:
Get stuck in: Help us clean-up dirty rivers and canals
Make a splash: Learn how to canoe and litter-pick at the same time
Take a lead: Benefit from training so you can lead your own waterway improvement activities
Regenerate: Help remove weeds and invasive species from waterways and riverbanks, allowing native species to flourish
New homes: Help create wildlife habitats
If you are a teacher or student and would like your class to take part, download our River and Canals Rescuers Guide.
We welcome people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Please get in touch if you have any access or other requirements to make your contribution possible.
Contact Ben Fenton for more information 07920 230 970
BWCU2012 is one of the outstanding projects granted the London 2012 Inspire mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme, which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games.
The Big Waterways Clean Up 2012 is a partnership campaign, delivered by environmental charity Thames21 under the aegis of London Waterways Commission, with the support of Environment Agency, British Waterways, London Legacy Development Corporation, London 2012 Changing Places programme, the Greater London Authority, Inland Waterways Association, Port of London Authority, The Coca Cola Foundation, London Councils, and the City of London Corporation.
For more information on the partners click here.