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Eco champions tidy the Thames near St Mary's Church

by Ian Mason
Wandsworth Guardian 1 November 2010

Cleaning the foreshoreA brigade of Battersea eco champions helped improve the environment along the Thames during a river clean-up.

Members of the Battersea Society and the local MP, Jane Ellison, joined volunteers from London’s leading waterways charity, Thames21, to clean-up the foreshore on a stretch of the river near St Mary’s Church, in Battersea.

Ms Ellison said: “This is the second foreshore clear up I have joined in with and its great fun, and very satisfying.

“I discovered a few years ago that no one body has official responsibility for clearing the river’s foreshore so the work of Thames21 and the volunteers they mobilise is vital.”

She added residents were delighted with the amount of rubbish removed from the popular riverside spot following the event last Saturday - and many offered to join in next time.

For more information about Thames21 and their work cleaning up waterside grot-spots, removing graffiti and creating new habitats for wildlife visit

Pictured (left to right) Jane Ellison MP, Judith Ressler from Thames 21, Battersea Society members Sally and Gerald Orman and David Chapman

Date posted: 1 November 2010