Fly-tipping is a serious problem for the Wandle and many other urban rivers.
Not only does it blight the landscape but it can pollute the water and damage the river environment. Rubbish dumped on the riverbed (from plastic bags to larger items such as car parts, bathtubs and arm chairs) traps silt which smothers the natural gravels on the riverbed where plants and animals live and fish lay their eggs. Other items can be directly toxic, such as motorbikes which leak fuel.
This is why the Wandle Trust run Community Cleanups every second Sunday of the month along the River Wandle, and have been for over 15 years!
What is a Community Cleanup?
At our Cleanups, you will be joining a team of friendly volunteers to find and remove rubbish from the river. You can borrow a pair of our waders and get in the river, or help us pull up rubbish from the banks. Watch the video below to get a feel for our events:
How do I join?
Our cleanup events are open to all. There is no need to sign up in advance of an event, just show up on the day.
- Families and children under 18 are welcome as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- If you are bringing along a large group (10 or more) please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we know to pack more cake.
- There are jobs for every level of fitness so come and get stuck in!
Each event will kick off at 11am with a Welcome Talk and Health & Safety Briefing, so please make sure you arrive in good time. We then work through till 1pm when we have a refreshments break, with Tea, Coffee and Cake all supplied, and then back to work until 3pm when we pack up and go home.
Our events take place no matter the weather (within reason), so please make sure you dress appropriately in old clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty. Please wear either wellies or walking boots as you will be working along the river bank where it can be muddy, wet and slippery.
We supply chest waders, gloves and all the equipment you will need. We suggest you bring along spare clothes in case you get wet, as well as a packed lunch and some water to drink.
So when’s the next event?
We post all our Cleanup events on our calendar but by joining our mailing list you will receive an email ahead of each event, as well as other events you maybe be interested in such as planting days and restoration work.