Jul 12 2013

All About… Thames21 – A Voice for London’s Waterways

thames21Thames21 is the voice for London’s waterways, working with communities to improve rivers and canals for people and wildlife.They mobilise over 9000 volunteers every year to clean and green the capital’s 400 mile network of waterways.

Thames21 aims to transform neglected and littered waterways into areas that everyone can use and enjoy with innovative and tailored community approaches, and works hand-in-hand with local communities to improve and maintain our waterways by:

  • Engaging people of all ages, abilities and from all parts of society in London’s waterways
  • Removing litter
  • Creating new habitats for wildlife, flora and fauna
  • Removing non-native invasive species
  • Promoting safe and equitable access to waterways
  • Removing graffiti
  • Undertaking monitoring and research
  • Delivering education projects
  • Campaigning for the reduction of waterway pollution and promoting sustainable behaviour
  • Accrediting and training community groups to deliver safe and sustainable waterway improvement events

Two of their projects might be of interest to Harrow residents:

Brent Waterways

The key aims of this project is to use Brent waterways, (Grand Union Canal, Brent Feeder, River Brent), to engage and strengthen communities, increase personal volunteering opportunities, and at the same time improve the waterway environments, which will make them more accessible to local people. This project is funded by the London Borough of Brent.

This will be achieved through engaging local volunteers to take part in community clean up events on the waterways. Take part in natural enhancement projects, clearing invasive species, plant management, building habitat for local wildlife, on-going monitoring and surveying of the waterside environment through discovery walks.

The canals and rivers within Brent flow through Harlesden, Stonebridge Church End, St Raphael.

For more information or to get involved with an event in Brent, please contact the Project Coordinator, Vicky D’Souza

E: vicky.dsouza@thames21.org.uk
T: 07827 852599


This project aims to develop and deliver Thames21’s programme of activities around the Grand Union Canal section which passes through South Hillingdon. This project is funded by Hillingdon Community Trust.

Thames21 work together with established and new community groups enabling us to engage with the community to improve the waterway environment and engage the local communities with the Canal including litter clean ups, wildlife habitat improvements, waterside art, educational projects and improving public access to the canal.

For more information or to get involved in events in Hillingdon, please contact the Project Officer, Billy Coburn

E: billy.coburn@thames21.org.uk
T: 07557 970812

For more details, visit their website here. See also our article about Hillingdon Narrowboats.

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