This June, The Paddington Partnership will be taking part in the Great British Spring Clean, a nationwide effort to rid our green spaces of litter and pollution. Volunteers from companies across Paddington will take part in our annual Canal Clean-Up event across two days this year. On 7 and 8 June, volunteers will set sail from Paddington Basin in GoBoats, canoes and on paddleboards, using litter pickers and nets to pull polluting objects out of the canal. This is a hugely popular activity and volunteers have a fantastic time sailing along the canal and enjoying the scenery whilst they contribute to making the local environment cleaner and safer for us all to enjoy. The volume of rubbish volunteers are able to pull from the water also highlights the severity of plastic pollution and littering in London’s waterways.
Volunteer safety is always our top priority and this event will be thoroughly risk assessed and Covid-secure. GoBoats, canoes, paddleboards and litter picking equipment will be cleaned after each use and volunteers will have access to hand sanitiser and PPE. All activities will take place in broad open spaces with social distancing measures in place.
The past year has highlighted the importance of access to outdoor space for all. Environmental activities such as the Great British Spring Clean help to ensure that natural spaces are well maintained and free from pollution for the community to enjoy. We are so excited to safely welcome volunteers back to the area, and this event is a wonderful opportunity to get your team back together and take part in a meaningful project for the benefit of the whole community. If you’d like to get your Paddington colleagues involved, please get in touch with our community team.