Wandle cleanup: August 2009: Wandsworth

The one with the winner of the Golden Grapple…

For the first time in at least a couple of years, this month’s cleanup brought us back to the river at Kimber Road in Wandsworth: a very public part of the Wandle Trail, where the Wandle is tightly canalised between King George’s Park and private gardens backing onto the river.

kimber-road-bridge

Sainsbury’s seemed to have lost a few more shopping trolleys since we were last here…

trolley-over-fence

clearing-trolley

… and maybe the Council was missing a lamp-post too: certainly that’s what it looked like as our unstoppable heavy brigade dredged it from the depths…

lamp-post-in-river

… and manhandled it over the park fence:

lamp-post-over-fence

At coffee time we applauded the recipient of our famous Golden Grapple, the Wandle Trust’s award for the volunteer who’s gone furthest beyond the call of duty to help our aims and objectives this year.

Sue Bailey was our worthy winner…

sue-with-trophy

… having met us for the first time when she was Lady Mayoress of Sutton (unhesitatingly climbing into waders, mayoral chain and all, to help us grapple rubbish out of Beddington Park Lake), she’s now a regular cleanup volunteer, gravel washer and egg delivery co-pilot for our Trout in the Classroom programme.  A true Wandle trouper if ever there was one!

Until 3pm we worked our way steadily upstream, ferrying lots of litter and heavy metal back down the footpath to make another amazingly large pile for our friends from Wandsworth Council

towpath-rubbish

rubbish-pile-and-lorry

 … but the Wandle still had a final surprise in store, an antique boiler buried under the bridge which no-one could resist heaving back the way it must have come – up the bank and then, with one monumental effort, over the railings…

boiler-over-fence

 … before gratefully retiring to the Old Sergeant on Garrett Lane for a rehydrating pint or three!

Thanks to all our volunteers: Alan, Andy B, Ann, Ben, Ben S, Brin, Carol, Chris, Debbie, Diana, Douglas, Erica, Faure, Gabrielle, Henry, Ian, Jane, Jo L, Jo S, John O’B, Keith, Ken, Luko, Marie, Mark, Mark McL, Matt, Mike, Neil, Nick, Paul, Phil, Rachel, Rob, Robert, Rory, Sally, Sally Ann, Sue, Theo and Tom

2 thoughts on “Wandle cleanup: August 2009: Wandsworth

  1. John Whittington

    I was down at Kimber Road on Saturday and that lamp post is still leaning up against the rails…

  2. Theo Post author

    John, sorry for the delay in getting back to you – currently we’re having to unapprove / delete 25+ spam comments per day, trying to sell us stuff we never knew we wanted – so sometimes a day or so goes by without facing the torrent!

    Many thanks for letting us know about this – I think Erica was going to talk to the Council about the lamp post, so we’ll try again –

    Theo

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