The annual Thames Draw Off allowed a river bed clear-up in Richmond, jointly hosted by The Environment Trust and Be Richmond, on 16th and 17th November.
With lock gates left open for maintenance when the tide goes out, the river through Richmond emptied giving an opportunity to pick litter and larger rubbish from normally inaccessible areas.
Over 100 volunteers (including workers, residents and children) attended the events and large amounts of rubbish were cleared including 3 bicycles, plastic, clothing and general waste. Much of the material collected, including metal was recycled.
Be Richmond Manager Ellen Storrar said:
‘The River Thames is one of Richmond’s greatest assets and supports numerous businesses as well as providing leisure opportunities for residents, workers and visitors. Be Richmond is fully committed to looking after the river and the Thames Draw Off gives us an excellent opportunity to clear the river bed and greatly reduce pollution.’
Nigel Bolton of the Environment Trust added:
‘We really appreciate the support that we had from Be Richmond in organising the river clean up and recruiting so many volunteers from local businesses who achieved so much. It has made a huge difference and we hope that the people taking part will continue to support our work in the future.
About Environment Trust
The Environment Trust has been looking after the natural and built environment since 1984. It started in Richmond and now also operates in Kingston and Hounslow. Their programme aims to engage young people through linking work in schools with an understanding and practical experience of local issues.