Big Paddle Cleanup to take place at Limehouse Basin

Paddle UK’s Big Paddle Cleanup campaign with Planet Patrol this spring to allow communities to come together and help protect their local environment whilst spending time on the water.

Event will take place at London, Poplar Union, Limehouse Basin on Saturday 25th May from 9am – 12pm and 3pm-6pm with tickets now available for only £5, with all proceeds donated to environmental non-profit Planet Patrol. The ticket will not only confirm people’s attendance to the event, but see Decathlon provide them with a kayak or paddleboard with buoyancy aids and litter picking kits so they have all they need for a perfect paddling day out on the water.

Participants must be 18 to take part on the water but families can spend time together as all events will also have litter picks running on land at the same time so everyone can make a positive difference in their local area.

What’s more, those taking part in the fun-filled clean-up will also receive a goody bag for their actions. The goody bag includes a waterproof phone case, 500 Decathlon points added to their account and a 20% discount voucher on rental items from Decathlon to try out different sports without making a financial commitment.

Now in its third year, Big Paddle Cleanup has grown year on year. Last year around 3,000 people took part in the popular events last year to fill 1,800 large sacks of waste, highlighting how much the community cares about the health of British waterways and the need for more work to be done.

This year, participants will record any litter they collect in the Planet Patrol app, by type, amount, location and brand and test water quality for five different pollutants – giving us detailed insight into the overall health of our waterways.

The Big Paddle Cleanup events are a fantastic example of how people can unite in an engaging, interactive way to protect the natural world around them.

Chantelle Grundy, Access and Environment Lead for Paddle UK said: “The Big Paddle Cleanup shows how much the paddling community cares about our waters and what they’re prepared to do to protect them. Combining social action through the Big Paddle Cleanup, with physical activity, is a fantastic way of bringing people together and improving our local surroundings. We are in a unique position as paddlers as we can collect plastic from places others are unable to access while enjoying the wellbeing benefits of being in blue spaces.”