'Flash mob' cleans up banks of the River Thames by Bishops Park

A "flash mob" of volunteers has cleaned up a stretch of the River Thames by Bishops Park in west London.

Volunteers clean up the Thames riverside. Pic: HW
Volunteers clean up the Thames riverside. Pic: HW

Bishops Park, in Fulham, has been rejuvenated by "Flash Mob the Foreshore", a four-day scheme organised by Thames 21 to clean up the River Thames and its surrounding area.

More than 70 volunteers joined together to clear rubbish on the banks of the Thames. Illustrator Harri Earthy volunteered at the clean-up by Bishops Park after walking her dog in the area and noticing the rubbish.

"It is about taking responsibility for your area," she said.

The four-day programme to clean up areas near parks in Fulham, Woolwich and the Isle of Dogs is part of an ongoing scheme to tidy up the River Thames.

Thames 21 organises at least 100 similar projects every year cleaning up waterways across the city, working with businesses, communities and local groups.

Thames 21 river programmes coordinator Judith Ressler explained that the clean-ups were necessary to improve the riverside and also to help people connect with wildlife and nature.

"There is a gap in the law because once the rubbish ends up in the river it is no one's responsibility unless it causes a flood risk or blocks the boats," Ressler added.

Thames 21 works to stimulate the community in a series of new projects such as "Fish in the Classroom", aiming to increase public activity and understanding and improve the London environment. The schemes create an opportunity for people to get involved in improving the London environment and to meet new people and learn about the river.

Events this weekend:

  • Fulham's Hurlingham Park: Friday 21 August, 9.45am - 12.15pm
  • Woolwich: Saturday 22 August, 8.30am - 11.00am
  • Isle of Dogs: Sunday 23 August, 9.30am - 12 noon

For further details go to www.thames21.org.uk.

 

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