Volunteers needed to help find and remove rubbish from the river
The next River Wandle Cleanup is being held this weekend by the Wandle Trust from 11am to 3pm on Sunday (August 11th).
What is a Cleanup?
If you haven’t been before, the organisers supply the equipment (such as chest waders and gloves) but ask that you dress for the weather, wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little muddy and wear sturdy shoes like wellies or walking boots. Tea and Coffee are provided but bring along a packed lunch.
If you have any questions, please call Jo or Lucy on 07586 861 425.
This event is possible with support from the National Lottery Community Fund.
Safety is extremely important to the organisers who strive to run safe and enjoyable events for all. Each event will start with a Welcome Talk and Health & Safety Briefing, but please do read the list of Dos and Don'ts below so you understand what to expect.
Do wear protective gloves at all times.
Do wash your hands before you eat, drink or smoke.
Do take your time accessing the river. You may have to use a ladder to get into the water, and walk down a steep bank.
Do be careful when wading, walk slowly, watch out for tripping hazards.
Do watch out for deeper areas, use your litter pick to test depth.
Do come prepared for the weather (appropriate clothing, suncream, drinking water).
Do alert a Supervisor if you hurt yourself.
Do be aware of other users on the Wandle Trail, and nearby roads.
Don’t work alone.
Don’t try and lift heavy items on your own & stand back as items are lifted up the banks.
Don’t throw any tools or rubbish as there may be people walking nearby who you are unaware of.
Don’t splash each other or yourself while working.
Don’t dig around under the water with your hands - use the litter pickers provided and the tools like the wrecking bar.
Don’t throw the tools or bits of rubbish to each other, pass these by hand to protect those around you.
Don’t keep sharps, such as needles, in your trug. Alert a Supervisor!
Don’t go above waist depth, stay wading in areas you are comfortable with.
August 5, 2019