What is Reading RESCUE?

Thames Water and Connect Reading team outside Thames Water building

Reading RESCUE – Rivers and Environmental Spaces Clean-Up Event – is our bi-annual environmental clean-up event. Clean up teams are made up of people from community groups, local businesses and other local volunteers. The event is supported by Reading Borough Council through rubbish pick-ups, and sponsored by Thames Water.

When did it begin?

The event began in 1989 with a small group of fisherman and boaters taking rubbish out of the river. As the event grew, the organisers needed help removing the growing amount of rubbish and recruited the Environment Agency and Local Authorities to help.

In the past, the event covered the Kennet and Avon Canal corridor from Reading upstream to Hungerford and the River Thames from Pangbourne downstream to Reading.

What does it look like now?

In more recent years, the event has included more woodlands, parks, open spaces, highway verges and school grounds where dumped rubbish and litter has become a problem.

Each year* we have a wide range of groups taking part in the event. Groups will choose to clear an area that is of interest to them, for example, residents form a clean-up team to clear up their immediate neighbourhood.

Connect Reading helps to manage the event and ensure teams are provided with litter pickers, gloves, bags and (crucially!) a scheduled rubbish collection to take-away what’s been found. 

Why take part?
  • Do something positive together as part of a team
  • Make a difference to the local environment
  • Fulfill your CSR objectives

For more info get in touch at: info@connectreading.co.uk

*this year, however, has looked a little different! We are looking forward to helping get more teams out for our next Reading RESCUE. Click here to read what the Connect Reading team did this year!

What is Reading RESCUE?
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