Erith Riverside community action day: Volunteers needed!

WHEN: Sunday May 13, 10.30am – 3.00pm
Riverside Gardens, meet on Cory Promenade, beside the Old Police station, DA8 1QY Erith

Environmental Charity Thames21 is again teaming up with Friends of Riverside Gardens Erith (FORGE) and the community of Erith to improve Thames Riverside for visitors and wildlife.

After several fun and muddy sessions, another intensive day of community action is needed to finally tackle the build-up of rubbish in and along the river.

Large amounts of waste are embedded in the tidal mudflats at this site, including shopping trolleys and traffic cones, visible at low tide, but regular events have helped make drastic improvements.

Thames21’s River Programmes Coordinator Alice Hall said “The riverside walk around Erith Pier, and past Riverside Gardens is a local beauty spot, but when neglected it can also become a terrible eyesore for visitors. This is a great chance to get outdoors and make a practical difference to the area – come and join us, meet new people and help your local environment.”

The muddy foreshore makes clearing this area a real challenge, but with pulley systems, some enthusiasm and Thames21 staff support it makes for a positive and rewarding work.

The shoreline and walkway can be safely and easily cleared by vo lunteers, while Thames21 staff will tackle the deeply embedded la rger items in the mud.

Thames21 will supply all the necessary equipment; volunteers should just need to turn up on the day in old clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty. Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult.

Please let us know if you have any access requirements.

This event is supported by Morrison’s, London Borough of Bexley, Erith Safer Neighbourhood Team, Erith Yacht Club and Erith Town Forum.
For more information, or to register please contact Michael Heath: 07968 805751


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Notes to Editors:

  • Thames21 is an environmental charity (registered number 1103997) working with communities to improve their rivers and canals
  • Thames21 is supported by, and works closely with, thePort ofLondon Authority, Thames Water, Environment Agency, Corporation of London, Keep Britain Tidy and British Waterways.
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