Helpers wade in to clean river in Isle of Dogs
- Credit: Archant
Volunteers joined the capital’s leading waterway company as part of a project to clean up some of the dirtiest stretches of the River Thames.
The Cleaner Thames Challenge, run by charity Thames21, saw volunteers work in the Isle of Dogs to rid the area of plastic bags, shopping trolleys and tyres littering the waterways.
The annual clean up on Friday 20 follows last year’s challenge, which had over 260 volunteers take part by removing 8 tonnes of litter from three areas of the Thames.
Chris Coode, senior programmes manager at Thames21, said: “Volunteers in our annual Cleaner Thames Challenge have dramatically reduced the build-up of harmful litter on the foreshore.”
The project’s organisers said litter can choke or entangle river and marine wildlife, causing injury and death.
You may also want to watch:
Thames21 is an environmental charity that works with communities to improve their rivers, canals, ponds and lakes for people and wildlife.
This year, Thames21 joined the movement for Trash Free Seas, having been part of the International Coastal Cleanup, which is the world’s largest volunteer effort to help protect ocean, lakes and rivers.
- 1 The Queen lends her name to Royal London’s emergency Covid wards
- 2 Police hunt after stabbing in Cable Street: One man hurt
- 3 No injuries but 20 rescued as firefighters tackle Limehouse blaze
- 4 Death of woman, 75, in Mile End fire could have been avoided
- 5 Police raid cannabis factory near Liverpool Street station: 2 arrests
- 6 Airbnb house party violence leaves police officer with broken finger
- 7 Doctors urge Tower Hamlets mayor to end support for Silvertown Tunnel
- 8 Teenager found dead in Victoria Park
- 9 Driver arrested after police 'drugs patrol' stops car in Whitechapel
- 10 Tribute to 7th Barts Health Trust worker to die of Covid-19
For more information visit: www.thames21.org.uk/cleaner-thames-challenge-2013/