Thames21 celebrates a decade of bringing London’s waterways to life

This year, Thames21 celebrates its 10th birthday. A decade old, the charity has turned the environmental tide for many of London rivers and involved many tens of thousands of Londoners in their local waterways. To mark this special occasion, Thames21 is inviting everybody to join the celebrations.  

It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since Thames21 became an independent charity. So much has happened since the organisation took on charitable responsibility for bringing London’s waterways to life – and even though there is still lots to do in order to improve our rivers, lakes and streams, the last decade has seen huge progress.

Thames21 Chief Executive Debbie Leach reflects on the past 10 years:  “We started because people in London wanted to take action about litter in the River Thames – and they have come together in their droves.  What has happened has been inspiring, it shows what communities can achieve and it shows how much they care.  The litter was just the start – since then we have delivered a multiplicity of activities all transforming rivers across the capital and connecting communities with this living, ever-changing network of water that enriches our lives.”

During May, there will be anniversary events happening in a number of locations in London:  On May 17th it is possible to join a walk along the Salmons Brook in Enfield and hear more about Thames21’s work to promote sustainable drainage and on May 22nd you can join a community clean up event at Rivers Cray and Shuttle. Or why not pop in for a fun filled evening at the Crate Brewery in Hackney on May 29th where you can sample the very special Love the Lea Brew and take part in a quiz? And there’s much more – for details on all our anniversary events, click here:

The Thames21 May celebrations culminate in a special event with lots of family friendly activities on the Thames foreshore in front of Tower of London on Saturday May 31st from 9.30-11am.