Wandle Trust

The Big Community Cleanup

The big idea is to get local people to come along to the River Wandle in South West London once a month for a year, get into the water and help pull out rubbish

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 January 2011 to 12:00 AM, 1 December 2011




  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation




We are trying to solve the problem of persistent rubbish dumping in the river Wandle and the threat of the rubbish on wildlife. The Wandle flows through south west London and enters the Thames at Wandsworth. It runs through an urban catchment of at least 750,000 people. Some of those people dump their rubbish into the river. By bringing together up to 90 volunteers once a month, and with the support of borough waste management teams, we can remove this rubbish.


No single statutory organisation is responsible for removing rubbish from rivers unless it poses a flood risk. Our project will give local people a hands-on opportunity to do something to improve their local waterway and the open spaces that surround it. By using volunteers, the rubbish will be removed which will benefit the wildlife in it and around it. A cleaner river and environment will give other local people the chance to enjoy the river as they walk, jog and cycle along it.