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Reading RESCUE

Reading RESCUE is the biggest clean-up event in Reading. We clean up parks, streets and open spaces in a weekend of transformation with hundreds of volunteers from business and the community.

Connect Reading has been organising Reading RESCUE since 2008, in partnership with Thames Water (and previously Reading Borough Council, and Oxford Road Community Garden).

In March 2017, an army of more than 70 business volunteers helped clean up some of Reading’s most iconic public spaces, followed by a weekend of hard work from Community Groups across Reading. In total, more than 150 bags of other peoples cans, plastic bottles, paper and other litter as well as fly-tipped clothing, metal, wood, plastic, paint cans were collected in just three days by our volunteers. 

Volunteers who took part came from a number of Reading businesses including Thames Water, the Hilton Hotel, Holiday Inn South, Kyocera Document Solutions, IHS Markit and The Oracle. At the weekend, members of the general public and various community groups worked together, including Emmer Green residents association, Caversham Globe, Newtown Globe, Katesgrove Residents Association, Southcote Community Centre, Oxford Road Community Garden and Tilehurst Globe.
What is RESCUE?

Reading Rescue is the Rivers & Environmental Spaces Clean Up Event - and has become a regular event in the town with support for it growing year on year. It first took place in 1989 and has been co-sponsored by Thames Water since 2008 when Connect Reading also got involved.

Reading RESCUE is sponsored by Thames Water.

Our next event will be in Sept/October 2017, if you are interested in entering a team, please get in touch -


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