Unfortunately, due to the ongoing restrictions on meeting up we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s 3 Rivers Clean Up. There will be some river clean up sessions happening over the next few months, but they will not take the usual format. Sessions that are available to book will appear at the bottom of this page. We hope that we will be back and raring to go in June 2022!
There are still plenty of ways to get involved and many groups running sessions. Have a look around our site for more information.
There are a lot of wonderful volunteers out there who help keep our rivers clean, from the Friends of the River Pool to Nature’s Gym to Thames21. Part of the reason our rivers are so lovely, is down to this dedicated bunch of people. This is usually the time of year when we, along with a number of partners, would be great ready for the the 3 Rivers Clean Up. Unfortunately, with the way things are currently, we are not sure if this will be able to go ahead. This is a great shame because not only is it great fun, it is a lovely way to meet people and also get to see parts of the Borough you may not know about and experience from a new angle. Thankfully, local resident and very active volunteer Lawrence is here to help. On his blog Mental Mapping he has created a ‘virtual tour’ of Lewisham’s Rivers.
The tour takes in the rivers Ravensbourne, Quaggy and Pool along with their associated tributaries. You will get an idea of the flora and geomorphology along the rivers along with the type of great work the volunteers do.
If you are keen to get involved in volunteering along the rivers, keep an eye out on the following blogs, where we will post updates information about events you’ll be able to take part in – hopefully in the not too distance future!
The 3 Rivers Clean Up for 2019 will soon be over. We have had a lot of people volunteer and have managed to remove a lot of litter from Lewisham’s rivers. There are still a few events this week and so if you would like to take part, please visit our calendar of events for information for how you can get involved.
The Nature’s Gym volunteers had a great day clearing litter from the River Ravensbourne. There was very little balsam, but they did clear 12 bags of litter. We were lucky with the weather in once sense because it finally stopped raining, but on the other hand the river was very deep and we were thankful for the waders. Some parts were even too deep for our waders and there was a lot of climbing in and out. It is always a very satisfying job though and the volunteers were rewarded with tea and jammie dodgers at the end
We are beginning to make plans for 3 Rivers Clean Up 2019. We hope that this year will be a successful as our previous events. We haven’t finalised the dates yet, but rest assured we will be back sometime in June! Keep and eye out on this blog, and if you would like to take part in an event, please contact us, or visit the partners page.
As part of the 3 Rivers Clean Up a team from Booking.com came to help clean the River Quaggy in Manor Park. By the end they had 10 bags of rubbish, an old typewriter and a chair. Luckily we didn’t find that much Himalayan balsam, but it is still quite early in the year, so another river wade will be due! If you would like to take part in an event, please check out the 3 Rivers Clean Up blog for dates that sessions will be running.
This year’s 3 Rivers Clean Up will take place between 3rd June – 23rd June. There will be plenty of opportunities to take par throughout the 3 weeks. Keep checking the calendar as more events are added. If you would like to organise a specific event for your team/organisation, please contact us and we will do our best to organise something.
There is plenty of information on this site about the event, but please feel free to email if you can’t find the answer to your question. All events are FREE and great fun, but please remember to book with the event organiser.
Our first 3 Rivers Clean Up planning session will be taking place later this week. We hope that by the end o it we will have confirmed the dates for this year’s festival. We hope that will be able to overlap with London Rivers Week. This will be the 10th year that we have been running this project so look our for some fun anniversary events and celebrations.
The 3RiversCleanUp is a three-week long intensive annual volunteer campaign to improve the rivers Ravensbourne, Pool and Quaggy in South East London.
Take your family, your friends or just yourself on an urban wilderness adventure this summer and discover the rivers and the nature they support. Join others in removing harmful rubbish and invasive plant species so as to improve the habitats for both flowers and animals. Learn about nature, about the quality of water and why it’s important and also join in with other associated events such as wildlife habitat management, pond dipping and nature walks, most of which will be suitable for all ages. All events are FREE.
If you would like to get involved have a look at the events calendar over the coming months to find out details of event locations and contact details of the event organisers. Events will start to be populated once dates have been finalised. If you would like a bespoke event for your company, please free to contact us and we will do our best to arrange something.
Events are free but some require pre-booking. If there is heavy rain an event may be cancelled at short notice due to the risk of flash flooding. Please check with the event organiser if the weather is bad.
Another great and successful 3 Rivers Clean Up Festival has come to an end. We are yet to calculate how much rubbish was collected or haw many stands of Himalayan balsam, Giant hogweed or Japanese knotweed were removed or treated, but as soon as we know we will publish them here.
We are all very grateful to everyone that gave up there time to come and help us this year, we got a lot done and our rivers will be thanking us for it! We have had a number of comments from local people through out the 3 weeks about how much the appreciate the work everyone has been doing. Please see below for a few images from the events. We will add more when we get them. Please check back over the coming month or so, by then we will hopefully have collated all the stats from the 3 weeks.
It is finally here! The 2017 3 Rivers Clean Up is underway with the first event in Ladywell Fields on Saturday 3rd June. What a glorious day we had for it too! Ten happy volunteers from Nature’s Gym, plus a few friends donned waders an climbed in to the river to remove litter and Himalayan Balsam. We managed to collect 10 bags of litter but only a few Himalayan balsam plants. There is still plenty of opportunities to take park, so check out our calendar of events too see how you can get involved.
The first planning meeting for the 2017 3 Rivers Clean Up was held on 8 February. We were joined by representatives from Nature’s Gym, Thames21, Friends of Sutcliffe Park and QWAG. This year the festival will be held between 3 June – 24 June. Watch this space for more information!
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