Take To A Paddle Board And Help Clean Up Limehouse Basin

Last Updated 17 May 2024

Take To A Paddle Board And Help Clean Up Limehouse Basin
Four people standing up on paddleboards
Spend a few hours cleaning up London's waterways this May. Image: Matt Buck via creative commons

Want to take decisive action in the fight for clean London waterways — and have some fun while you're at it?

The Big Paddle Cleanup returns on Saturday 25 May, inviting you to take to a paddle board or kayak in the Limehouse Basin, and pick litter off the surface of the water, to make it a tidier — and prettier — place.

Signing up for either session on the day (9am-12pm or 3pm-6pm) costs £5, and for that you'll be provided with a kayak or paddle board with buoyancy aids, along with a litter picking kit. Don't see it so much as a litter picking exercise though, as a cheap session out on the water, and a chance to meet new people while doing some good in London. All participants also receive a goodie bag, including a waterproof phone case.

The Big Paddle Cleanup is a nationwide scheme that takes place for two weeks over the summer. In 2023, some 2,600 paddlers got involved, filling 1,800 huge sacks with 6,767 plastic bottles, 2,739 glass bottles, 4,403 cans and 7,682 food packaging items.

Big Paddle Clean Up, Limehouse Basin, Saturday 25 May 2024, £5. Participants must be at least 18.