Join Environment Trust on Saturday 2nd of November for our annual Draw off litter pick of the Thames between 10am and 2pm (briefings at 10am and 12pm). 

In order to carry out essential maintenance works the weirs at Richmond will be lifted allowing the river between Richmond Lock and Teddington Lock to drain down at low water on each tide. Littered single-use plastics are clogging up the river Thames, with wet wipes, food wrappers and plastic bottles being the most frequently found bits of rubbish polluting the water.

During this low water level Environment Trust invite you to assist with our annual litter pick to remove these items.(Please note, we will not be removing large debris which is now acting as habitat for infauna.) 

On the Day

Safety and instructional briefings will be held at 10 am and 12 pm outside the Tide Tables cafe. 

Due to the mud along the foreshore please ensure all participants are in appropriate foot ware. Gloves and Litter Pickers will be provided.

       Please note: The event is open to all but numbers will be limited by the availability of equipment and will be operated as a first come first served basis.

Safety Notice

Children are welcome to attend the event but must be supervised by a responsible adult at a ratio of 1 adult for every 3 children. 

        Warning: There will be very deep mud in areas which poses a risk of drowning. Please follow instructions on the day closely. 

Contact details

For more information or for getting in touch on the day please contact Fran Batt the Nature Conservation Manager on:

[email protected]