Five volunteer Thames21 Riverkeepers spent a total of nine person-hours today (29th August) removing 4 sacks of recyclable rubbish, and 9 sacks of non-recyclable material from the banks of the River Cray along Footpath 106, downstream of Crayford town centre to Barnes Cray Road.
The group is currently concentrating on habitat improvement work at Foots Cray Meadows, but scheduled an event on 106 because of the poor state of the river corridor along the footpath behind the properties on this part of Crayford Way.
River Cray Project Officer Michael Heath said “Unfortunately there is a significant minority of people who disrespect the environment and think it acceptable to deposit large numbers of beer cans, plastic bottles, plastic bags and food wrappers along the river, some of which will fall or blow in and end up in the sea. We have a small but dedicated team giving their time for free to rectify this damage. We are dealing with 8 miles of river so it’s difficult to do everything we’d like to. With more volunteers and less littering we could do much more to improve the river for wildlife, local residents and visitors, so I’d urge people to get involved.”
Cray Riverkeeper and Friends of the Shuttle River clean-ups and habitat improvement events can be found in the calendar on this website. Michael can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org / 07968 805751 and FoTS at email@example.com
Following the river clean, volunteer Thames Road Wetland site Manager Chris Rose then did a five and a half hour solo session at this Bexley Council-owned area, catching up on vegetation management along key pathways and around Marsh Sow-thistle plants. Four more Harvest Mouse nests were found, taking the total to 7 so far.