Thames21 Badged Groups

Do you have the energy, enthusiasm and drive to make a real difference to your local area? If you’re reading this then you’ve already started on the journey! Take your volunteering to the next level by becoming a Thames21 Badged Leader and running your own Badged Group.

Once you’ve completed our Leading a Waterway Cleanup training course you can be ‘badged’ by Thames21 to plan and run your own waterway improvement events and activities with our support.  Being badged means that events you organise are covered under Thames21’s Public Liability Insurance (subject to you following Thames21’s events protocol).  It also means that we can loan you kit for some events and that Thames21 will pay for First Aid training for you.

We have approximately 20 Badged Groups carrying out amazing work all across greater London!

The possibilities for Badged Groups are endless and there is no one right way for a Badged Group to operate: some of our groups run large annual cleanup events every spring or summer.  Others run smaller monthly litter picking or gardening events.  Some groups have successfully received grant funding to purchase their own kit, organise community days or implement larger projects such as installing floating planters in their local waterway stretch!  We want to encourage and support a network of active groups of people from across London who share the same passion about caring for our waterways.


Badged Group events map as of Aug 2018


Have a look at one of our Badged Groups – the Lower Regents Coalition – in East London talking about a ‘greening project’ they’ve launched

And here are some more of our Badged Groups. Check out their good works!

Barnes Tidy Towpath – Thames foreshore in west London

Friends of Slough Canal – Slough Canal

Lower Regents Coalition – Regents Canal between Limehouse and Mile End

Friends of the Shuttle – River Shuttle in Bexley

Cause Corps – Regents Canal at Camden Lock

Friends of the Concrete Barges – Thames foreshore, Rainham

Friends of Foots Cray Meadows – River Cray, Sidcup

Friends of Osterley and Clitheroe Locks – Grand Union Canal, Ealing

Friends of Manor Farm Nature Reserve – Norbury Brook, Croydon

Friends of Rise Park – Rise Park, Romford

Friends of Thornton Heath Rec – Norbury Brook, Croydon

Friends of the Welsh Harp – Welsh Harp in Brent and Barnet

Greenwich Yacht Club – Thames foreshore in Greenwich

Putney Tidy Towpath – Thames foreshore in west London

Queen Mary University – Regents Canal between Mile End and Old Ford Lock

Riz Boardshorts – Thames foreshore, Barnes and Hammersmith

Royal Holloway Thames Improvement Team – Thames Path in Staines

Stonebridge Lock Coalition – River Lea in Tottenham

Team 19 – Small Profits Dock, Barnes

Tidal Crane Association – River Crane in Twickenham

Tideway – various locations across greater London

Watford in the Water – River Colne in Watford and Bushey

West London Hub – various locations on the Thames foreshore in West London