The one with a record amount of rubbish!
After holding a two minute silence for Remembrance Day, 40 eager volunteers descended on the river to hunt down rubbish and clean up the surrounding area; supervised by myself and Basher.
Our wading team, led by Derek, got straight in and starting finding trugs and trugs of rubbish – it really was rich pickings!
I was soon presented with the first of many gifts from the wading team – my very own bike.
Another interesting find in the morning was a Boris Bike – the bike was still working and we used it for the rest of the day, travelling up and down the Wandle Trail with tools.
After a busy morning, we all stopped for some much needed cheese scones and chocolate cake, kindly made for us Ann and Tesco’s.
The afternoon saw more and more rubbish – including another children’s bike:
A TK Max trolley:
And a mattress frame:
Just when we were wrapping up for the day, a mystery item was found lurking in the depths of silt in the Wandle. Soon the entire wading team were called in as back up to find out what this item was, and everyone was pulling and heaving on the grappling hooks. What was it? Well it was a car frame we think…
All in all, we pulled out an amazing amount of rubbish from the Wandle at Plough Lane – just check out the rubbish pile!
So what did we find? 1 jumper, 1 pair of jogging bottoms, 1 safe, 1 toy guitar, 1 Boris bike, 1 TK Max trolley, 1 car seat, 1 set of false teeth, 1 hub cap, 1 Coolest Christmas Ever DVD, 1 tennis racquet, 1 stereo system, 1 coconut, 1 bike wheel, 1 Wix trolley, 1 floor lino, 2 hanging baskets, 2 traffic cones, 2 kids bikes, 4 car mats, 4 car carpets, 4 licence plates, rolls and rolls of carpet, and lots more bags of plastic, metal and other rubbish
Huge thanks to everyone who helped pack up van after the event, Ann for catering for our volunteers (cheese scones were delicious!), Louise for supervising the Event Tent, Wally for helping supervise everyone on the day, and the Waste Management Team at Merton Council for organising collection of all the rubbish the next day.
Thank you to all our volunteers for coming: Aaron, Abi, Aimee, Alima, Andrea, Andy, Ann, Anna, Audrey, Bill, Brandi, Charles, Chris, Danielle, Dave, David H, David S, Debora, Derek, Ed, George, Guy, Hannah, Helen, Hugo, Jan , Jane, John N, John S, Karoline, Lorenzo, Louise, Lucinda, Max, McKay, Mike, Nick, Nusrut, Patrick, Paul, Penny, Phil, Richard, Rose, Scarlett, Stewart, Theo, Tony, Victor, Wally, Wayne and Yvana.
So what did I learn from this month’s cleanup? Sometimes you get muddier packing the van than at the actual cleanup!