Thames21 celebrates the story of local commitment to the rivers of South East London

A series of practical and celebratory events mark volunteer commitment to the protection of the rivers in South East London.

Leading London waterway charity Thames21 will host three events across Greenwich and Lewisham, which will involve local people in practical activity to protect and improve rivers, and at the same time celebrate the story of local commitment to rivers over time in those areas.

The first event will take place on Saturday 25th April between 10:30 and 1 pm at Sutcliffe Park, Greenwich, followed by another on Thursday 30th April between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm at Cornmill Gardens, Lewisham. A final event will be held on Wednesday 5th May between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm at Ladywell Fields in Lewisham.

Activities, which include a clean-up and a quiz with prizes will enable local people to get practically involved with the rivers that run through their communities, and stimulate discussion about the history of local action for these waterways.

Lawrence Beale-Collins, Thames21 Catchment Co-ordinator said: “There is a fantastic history of local involvement and action for waterways in this part of London, and volunteers continue to breathe life into the rivers of the Ravensbourne Catchment.”

“I’m looking forward to taking part alongside local volunteers and celebrating the connection that people have with their neighbourhood rivers.”

Thames21 invites people of all ages and abilities to these events and provides all equipment, including wellies, to enable people to be a part of positive change for rivers. Information and activities to help people better understand the story of practical action that has protected these rivers will also be on display.