3 weeks until London 2012, 21 days left to take part in the Big Waterways Clean Up 2012!

Launched by British Olympic squad rower Mark Hunter in February, the Big Waterways Clean Up 2012 has already seen volunteers donate over 2000 hours of their time, remove over 950 black sacks of litter and 800m² of the damaging invasive weed Himalayan Balsam from the waterways of the Olympic Host Boroughs.

The campaign has pioneered the canal canoe-clean-up, planted 12 wildflower meadows and 80 trees along river and canal banks in a mass effort to ensure these vital spaces, which surround and intersect the Olympic Park, are accessible and ecologically improved for a lasting legacy for London.

It is estimated that by the end of the year, over 4000 Londoners will have volunteered for at least 2 hours as part of the campaign, improving over 30 miles of waterways, taking part in a varied and intensive schedule of events planned to continue into the legacy period.

“Our rivers and canals frame our city and are invaluable to London’s natural environment, industrial legacy and for on-going amenity – let’s get them ready to show to the world in July 2012” Debbie Leach Thames21 Chief Executive

Now, with just 3 weeks to go until the Games, help make make a difference to our local waterways.

Friday 6th July Lea Navigation Canoe Clean Up Bromley by Bow E3 3JY,

Saturday 7th July West London Foreshore Big Summer Clean Up London, W6 9BX ,

Sunday 8th July Surfers Against Sewage Thames Foreshore Clean Up London, SW13

Tuesday 10th July Limehouse Cut Towpath Litter Pick London, E14 7JT

Wednesday 11th July Big Balsam Bash London, E15 2RW

Saturday 14th July 200th Anniversary of Regent’s Canal Clean Up London, E3 4QS

Tuesday 17th July 200th Anniversary of Regent’s Canal Clean Up location TBC

Friday 20th July  200th Anniversary of Regent’s Canal Clean Up London, E3 5SN

Tuesday 24th July Lea Navigation Canoe Clean Up London, E5 9HQ

We would like to give thanks all of our volunteers and campaign partners who have contributed to this massive effort to improve London’s waterways, not only for the Olympics but in creating a lasting legacy that local communities can be proud of.