LONDON RIVERS WEEK LAUNCH – Celebrate London’s Rivers!
May 25 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Come to Birchmere Park in Thamesmead on Saturday May 25th to celebrate the launch of this year’s London Rivers Week! Join in with family-friendly watery activities to learn all about the rivers across London, how they are being re-wilded, and how to get involved in protecting them.
Explore Birchmere Lake through a range of fun activities: angling taster sessions; canal dipping; remote-controlled pollution monitoring boat; artist workshops; stalls and children’s activities. See fish and minibeasts up close, and learn all about the plants and animals that live in our rivers, canals and lakes.
Find out how you can get involved in citizen science projects on London’s waterways, collecting valuable data on wildlife and pollution, and how join in with volunteering to improve rivers.
Join several organisations to learn about their work dealing with the challenges faced by rivers, improving and rewilding London’s waterways,and helping the public to enjoy them as outdoor spaces. Find out about all the other events and activities running throughout London Rivers Week.
Enjoy stalls and demonstrations run by London Rivers Week partners Thames21, ZSL, London Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency, Thames Estuary Partnership, Thames Water, Peabody and Thamesmead Town Angling Club. The theme for the week is Rewilding, with the week sponsored by Thames Water.
Equipment provided. Children welcome. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
The nearest station is Abbey Wood, with nearest bus stops at Southwood Road and Titmuss Avenue (244 / 472).
London Rivers Week runs from Saturday May 25 – Sunday June 2 2019
There are more than 600km of waterway running through the capital, the same distance between Brighton and Edinburgh – a huge potential resource for people and wildlife not yet fully tapped.
Many of London’s rivers have been hidden behind buildings or buried underground. But many lost rivers are now being brought back to life – restored back to as natural a state as possible by removing concrete banks, replanting and allowing the river to flow more naturally. London Rivers Week helps you find these rewilded rivers and discover what they can do for you, our city and its wildlife.