Thames21, the London waterways charity, is calling for 800 volunteers to join them to give the River Thames a ‘deep clean’.

Vast expanses of river are normally underwater but will be uncovered for a brief period each morning of March 2 and 3.

Across four London sites, Thames21 will provide all equipment, support and guidance necessary to help volunteers make a practical improvement to London’s environment.

Thames21 river programmes manager, Chris Coode, said: “We’re expecting hundreds of volunteers to join in and help make practical improvements to London’s foreshores.

“These environments are often seen as abandoned spaces that damage some of London’s greatest views instead of the most unique and fascinating open spaces London has to offer. Please join us and help make a lasting difference.

“Volunteers are invited to do as much or as little as they are willing to and are advised to wear old clothes. Boots and gloves will be provided.”

On March 2 meet at the Isle of Dogs, Newcastle Draw Dock, off Saunders Ness Road, Isle of Dogs, E14 between 8.00am – 10.30am.

And also in Fulham Bishop’s Park (gate entrance to foreshore), near Bishop’s Park Road, Fulham, SW6 between 9.30am – 12.30pm

On March 3 meet in North Woolwich, Barge House Road, North Woolwich, Newham, E16between 8.30am – 11.00am

And in Hammersmith on the Thames Path, south side of Hammersmith Bridge, SW13 between 11.00am – 1.30pm.

Luke Walsh

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