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Plastic Paddlers

Creating a Plastic-Free River

The problem:

Heavy rain and flooding tends to wash bottles and other plastic waste into the river and from here it then washes downstream and into the ocean adding to the world’s plastic pollution problem. This winter we have had record levels of flooding meaning that the river is filled with litter.

What can Hire a Canoe do about that?

Without you… Nothing. We want to organise the biggest river clean-up in our history along the full 72-mile stretch we reguarly operate on. We have all of the equipment and knowledge, which will be available to you, and this will be a donation-based activity, i.e. we are hoping for donations towards litter-picking supplies and fuel in the vehicles to make it happen, any leftover donations will go to future enviromental projects on the river.

When will do we do this?

Starting in March, we will organise regular clean-up days throughout the spring, to be followed by further events later in the summer and autumn. Dates will be released on our Facebook page:

Want to get involved?

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How it works...

Fill in the form at the bottom of this page to register your interest and which route you are most interested in helping out with.

We will pick you up from an agreed meet point and minibus you upstream to the launch point and we will work our way back to the cars.

We will provide all the necessary equipment from gloves, litter pickers, bin bags and of course all canoeing equipment.

You do not need to be an experienced canoeist to attend and you can attend alone (we will mix you in with everyone else).

These are the sections that we will split the river into. Please choose one on the form when you register your interest…

  • Llandrinio to Melverley
  • Melverley to Edgerley
  • Edgerley to Montford
  • Montford to Bicton
  • Bicton to Frankwell
  • Frankwell to Shrewsbury Weir
  • Shrewsbury Weir to Atcham
  • Atcham to Cressage
  • Cressage to Buildwas
  • Buildwas to Jackfield
  • Jackfield to Bridgnorth
  • Bridgnorth to Hampton Loade
  • Hampton Loade to Arley
  • Arley to Bewdley
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