The Reading University Knights Canoe Club have released statement following their recent clean-up along the River Thames & River Kennet:
We had a fantastic day on the River Thames & River Kennet removing as much rubbish as we could physically fit in 3 canoes, 1 catacanoe and about 20 large bags of rubbish collected by our kayakers. In just a few hours we removed 3 trolleys, a couple of old bicycles, a pushchair, countless amounts of plastic bottles, crisp packets and so on. We got a huge amount off the river banks too. This just goes to show how much waste is entering our rivers and remaining there for who knows how long. On behalf of the wildlife and people who depend on the rivers, we ask everyone to be more conscious about where their waste is ending up. The solution starts with changing our daily habits and being more mindful with our purchases to reduce waste. We want to thank all those who supported us throughout the clean-up. We are pleased to say we raised of £167.33 for the Thames Rivers Trust, which will go towards supporting river conservation work in the area. We’d also like to thank Action for the River Kennet and the volunteers from Green Park who carried out their own clean-up further upstream. Together we made the river a cleaner place that day. Here’s to many more days of happy paddling along the Thames & Kennet and a cleaner future for the environment.
You can still donate to their gofundme page. All donations go to The Thames River Trust.