On this occasion an impressive 73 cheerful amateur river dredgers from the local community volunteered on a bright and crisp Remembrance Sunday afternoon to do their bit, spending a couple of hours picking out tyres, bicycles, number plates and other assorted bric-a-brac. Volunteers came from far and near, including students from the American International University in Richmond.
Erica Evans, the Wandle Trust’s Cleanup Organiser, said “We had lots of local people wearing waders fishing out unwanted waste from the river...we can really see an improvement from doing these cleanups regularly which is great.”
The event was supported by Seymour Green Estate Agents, who also provided the Wandle Trust with a new catering boiler to help brew a few cuppas for future cleanups. The charity hopes to be able to expand the scale of the current cleanups and venture into creating more areas for endangered river wildlife to flourish.
“We’re really proud to be in a position to help our local causes as a local business ourselves, and we see it as part of our community obligation to help keep our local rivers clean and pleasant” said Colin Brown, Managing Director of Seymour Green Estate Agents.
Written by Deborah Churchill