Several local canoe clubs in the South Eastern region joined forces on Sunday 29th April in a major project to remove rubbish from the water and banks of the River Medway in Kent.
Tonbridge Canoe Club, Gravesend Sea Cadets, Bromley Canoe Club, Meridian Canoe Club, Maidstone Canoe Club and Whitewater Action Medway all adopted a stretch of the River Medway or adjoining canal, covering a total distance of 32km in the mass cleanup event.
Local media helped to promote the event with BBC South East covering the cleanup as part of their plastic pollution awareness campaign.
A mix of crafts took part in the event with open canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards covering the river and canal, alongside bankside volunteers who joined in the pick up too. All rubbish collected in the event, including a tyre, car seat, plastic bottles, wooden pallets and cans amongst other items, were kindly disposed of by the Environment Agency.
A brilliant effort by all saw mountains of litter collected from the waterways. Special thanks to event organiser Andrew Garlick and all the local canoe clubs and volunteers who saw this 32km stretch of waterway receive a much needed spring clean.
Find out more about river cleanups and how your club can adopt a stretch of river to clean here.