Please see attached the Nature’s Gym programme for July-September 2015. I hope there is something in there that you will enjoy!
Please be aware that there are quite a few sessions that involve wearing waders and working in the river. At these sessions, we can not guarantee that there will be any work available on dry land. If working in water isn’t something that you feel comfortable with, we understand if you would prefer to take a break for a while. We will welcome you back with open arms once the 3 Rivers Clean Up is over!
If you would like to join in with these rivers sessions, booking is essential even if you are a regular volunteer. There are other sessions running throughout the week with our partners. You can find details of these events at the 3 Rivers Clean Up website or Facebook page.
As part of the event London Bubble will be running two story telling events, one in Ladywell Fields and one in Manor Park. For more information about these events, please visit our earlier post. Join in as well using the hastag, #whatlivesinlewisham on Twitter and Instgram.
Thames21 offers a range ofFREE training sessions to anyone who is keen to get involved with activities in and around their local waterways. Check out these opportunities…
Imagine leading your own group of volunteers in a cleanup event to improve your stretch of river, canal or pond. You can! Our 2-day ‘LEADING A WATERWAY CLEANUP‘ training will help you develop the skills and confidence you need to plan and lead your own events. When you complete the course, you can become one of our many certified trainees who receive support from Thames21 and lead cleanup and improvement events all across London
LEADING A WATERWAY CLEANUP Sessions for 2015: (All sessions are 10am to 3pm. You must complete Day 1 first, before going on to Day 2)
Saturday 14 March at WaterWorks Centre, Leyton
Sunday 12 April at Dorset Wharf, Fulham Saturday 6 June at Ragged School Museum, Mile End Saturday 4 July at Dorset Wharf, Fulham Sunday 23 August at Ragged School Museum, Mile End Sunday 27 September at Dorset Wharf, Fulham Saturday 7 November at Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Sunday 29 March at WaterWorks Centre, Leyton Saturday 25 April at Dorset Wharf, Fulham Sunday 21 June at Ragged School Museum, Mile End Sunday 19 July at Dorset Wharf, Fulham Saturday 5 September at Ragged School Museum, Mile End Saturday 10 October at Dorset Wharf, Fulham Sunday 15 November at Ragged School Museum, Mile End
There isn’t long to go now until the start of this years 3 Rivers Clean Up. Previous years have seen hundreds of volunteers taking part removing tonnes of rubbish and Himalayan Balsam from the Ravensbourne catchment. Now in its fifth year, this unique partnership programme has been highly successful in removing and preventing the spread of Himalayan Balsam in the Ravensbourne River catchment. With this invasive species a little more under control, this year we can broaden our focus to include other issues such as litter, and habitat regeneration.
The 3RiversCleanUp is a chance to:
Get to know your local river
Discover hidden green gems on your doorstep
Help your local environment
Meet like-minded people
Learn about local wildlife and the river system
To get involved, check out the events calendar here and find one that suits you. All are free, and all equipment is provided, just wear clothes you won’t mind getting dirty. Please note, some events require pre-registration.
The new walks, talks and volunteering opportunities programme for April-June 2013 is out! It is a very packed programme so I am sure that you will find something to enjoy! You will also see that we along with a number of other partners will be running the 3 Rivers Clean Up again this year. You can follow updates about this project on twitter via @3RCU #3RU. This is the fourth year that the project has been running and it is a great way to see your local river in a new light!
The rain held off and the sun shone on the Nature’s Gym volunteers this week as they took the the Ravensbourne as part of the 3Rivers Clean Up. We waded downstream through Brookmill Park removing the litter and Himalayan Balsam.
The volunteers as usual did great work and managed to take out over 20 bags of litter from the river. Without the help of these great people a lot of work wouldn’t get done, so we are very grateful for all the help they have given.