On the Big River! Working Together at Greenwich

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On the Big River! Working Together at Greenwich

My Thames21 duties this week took me to the Thames Foreshore at Greenwich for a HQ event, Those who have had the pleasure of my group talks will be aware that Thames21 came about from an aspiration to get volunteers onto the Thames foreshore and remove the plastic and debris from the Capitals Terrific River. Notwithstanding our ongoing development to look after and enhance the habitat throughout London’s waterways we continue with our first mission; thus the event on Tuesday.

The Greenwich event - note the yellow PLA cage

We plan and work together with the Port of London Authority (PLA) who place at the site of these foreshore clean ups cages for the collected rubbish. It was great to see the crew of PLA Vessel, Driftwood II complete the next stage of our operation. Which I hope brought a greater sense of satisfaction to the volunteers who remained and watched the removal in the spring sunshine. Keep a lookout for our many events on the Thames Foreshore during the year and check out the Thames River watch section of our website. http://www.thames21.org.uk/project/thames-river-watch/


Diftwood II removing the retrieved rubbish Cage


Up and away - note the Thames21 Logo (early version) at the rear of the Wheel House

This week on the River Cray

To the Cray Project and starting this Monday I shall reconvene regular River Cray themed walks, designed to give opportunities to all to enjoy a walk along rivers whilst sharing our knowledge of the area and being updated with what is going on with: Thames21 projects and the Objectives of the Cray & Shuttle Catchment Improvement Group.


The Friday Team (always room and work for more)

Monday 27th April 2015 at 2pm ‘The Foots Cray Meadows Bluebell Walk’ in association with the Meadows Friends Group. We will take a spring stroll in the riverside woods and check out this year’s bluebells. Meet at the Information Centre Foots Cray Meadows, from the Rectory Lane Car Park DA14 5BP follow the vehicle track to the centre. This walk will last one and half hours. We will follow the established paths in the woods but wear suitable foot wear and clothing. Further afield next time possibly Dartford Creek!

The original post advertised an event for Friday this has been postponed due to opertaional reasons, watch this space for a replacement date.

I hope you can join us. That’s all for now, next time woody debris in rivers.




Michael Heath

Cray Project Officer

25th  April 2015