Nature Conservation Lewisham

Get involved in Lewisham's parks and nature reserves

3 Rivers Clean Up

Join in with some watery fun

Join in with some watery fun

The 3RiversCleanUp has finished for this year, but we will be back!  Keep an eye out on the blog for details of next year’s events (2017)!

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.

How to get involved

Take a look at the events calendar below to find out details of event locations and contact details of the event organisers.  All equipment is provided. Just wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit mucky.

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.

Find an event that suits you!

3 rivers clean up, 3RCU

Clearing Himalayan Balsam

Now in its ninth year, this unique 3 Rivers Clean Up partnership program has been highly successful in removing and preventing the spread of Himalayan Balsam and other species such as Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed, in the Ravensbourne River catchment. Removing invasive species is the main focus, however, the 3 Rivers Clean Up is a great opportunity to remove all the rubbish and debris that builds up within this urban river catchment. With your help we can make these rivers more attractive to visit.

Last year 35 events were delivered by all partners over the three weeks with 300 volunteers tackling litter and invasive species, this amounted to 1320 hours of good effort and enthusiasm. The Ravensbourne has become one of the cleanest river catchments in London with a wide range of plants and animals.

In 2017 why not become part of this amazing show of community strength? Thames21 and the event partners will lead a series of volunteer events from June 3 to June 23 in collaboration with, the London Borough of Lewisham, Quaggy Waterways Action Group, Environment Agency, TCV Croydon & Surrey and the London Invasive Species Initiative. These hands-on volunteering opportunities will take place throughout the Ravensbourne river system; the rivers Ravensbourne, Pool and Quaggy which flow though the South East London boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich, Croydon and Bromley.

You can also train with Thames21 to Lead a Waterway Clean Up here

Photos of past events can be found on our Flickr page.

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If you do take a photo with you phone while on one of our wades, please use the #3RCU #3riverscleanup and then tag the name of the river/park/site that you were in