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December 30, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

22 shopping trolleys, 3 bikes, 4 tyres + 304 bottles – from a River Thames clean up

22 shopping trolleys, three bikes, four tyres and 304 glass bottles – all from a River Thames clean up organised by Kingston University students and helpers.

The team

Diving into the unknown depths of the River Thames, Kingston’s students organised their first underwater river clean in Kingston.

​“The spirit and enthusiasm on the day from the divers, kayakers, volunteers, Kingston staff and external organisations meant that together we were able to make the project a huge success” said Chris Elliott, a second year students at Kingston, who organised the day with the support from volunteers. “In total 26 Kingston University students volunteered on the day, giving 177 hours of their time and filling more than two skips full of rubbish – all of which pose a threat to wildlife and river users.”

The team also raised an impressive £50 through a bucket collection outside The Ram for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution – ‘the charity that saves lives at sea’.  Although a large amount of rubbish was collected, it was from a very small area of the river. They aiming to run the project again in Spring 2013.

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