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Join one of our clean up teams over the weekend- see whose working where RESCUE clean up teams published 26 March 15

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Celebrating 25 Years

Started in 1989 by a group of committed and concerned canal users from West Berkshire and Reading, the Rivers & Environmental Spaces Clean Up Event has changed tremendously over the years.  It has grown to include business sponsorship and urban areas.

We are holding a celebration event in mid November to mark this special year.  If you haven’t been invited but would like to attend, please contact us.


Our last event was Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th October 2014.

Stats from the clean up were:

18 sites cleared
12 groups took part – mostly listed below.
166 bags of rubbish, including some recycling bags, plus a tonne of debris
108 people took part
300 volunteering hours which is worth £4500 of financially calculated contribution

Event sponsored by Thames water, coordinated by RBC, who also provided 2 vehicles and 5 staff on the day to clear rubbish quickly from sites as part of the councils commitment to work in partnership with volunteers to keep Reading clean.

The event went very well – groups missed the heavy showers predicted and on the whole had a dry event!

It’s inspiring to see so many people give up their spare time to come together on issues that they care about for the common good.

And the collective contribution from businesses was:

49 volunteers
44 bags collected
5 sites cleared
106 volunteer hours from 3 business teams

For the full details of clean up teams taking part, please click on this link.  Below is a quick run down:

Peter Bretts Associates – Thursday lunch time, Rivermead Leisure centre area
Markit Economics – all day Friday, Wensley Road & Swallow Croft woodlands.
Thames Water – 1pm to 3.30pm on Friday on the Thames towpath and in the Coal Woodland.  Also sponsoring the event!  THANK YOU!
Saturday groups, meeting at 10am:
Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association – woodland behind Tilehurst Rd Tesco store
Kennet & Avon Canal Trust – Southcote Lock to Blakes Lock
Newtown GLOBE with Kennet & Brunel Residents Association – Kennet Mouth and Jubilee Road
Redlands GLOBE – Addington / Erlegh Rd area
Southcote GLOBE (have 3 teams, the earliest meeting 9.30am) – Southcote Meadown. Linear Park and Burghfield Bridge area’s.

Latest news…

September 2014

Amersham Rd clean up this Sat 13 Sept, 11am-4pm
There will be a swap shop for unwanted items
Also come to help tidy up the area.
Meet at the community centre to get involved



We are very pleased to hear that Waitrose Caversham has raised £350 for RESCUE through a ‘Community Matters’ box – thank you to everyone who voted for us!


Reading Borough Council Housing are organising a massive estate clean up on Saturday 27th September in Southcote. They are looking for volunteers to carry out:

  • Litter picking

  • Cutting back vegetation

  • General tidying of communal areas and estate areas

Meeting at Southcote Advice Centre, Coronation Square at 9.30am

Running 9.30-2.30pm with a free lunch provided at the end.

For more details please contact Kerry Gray on 0118 937 2161.

August 2014

Love the Lea campaign has started planting a natural drainage system that cleans water running into rivers from roads, improving water quality and aquatic wildlife.  Read more about this exciting project.

Risk assessment training available for community groups on 11 September, 9.30-1pm in Wokingham, cost £25.  Click here for more information.

July 2014

Litter Prevention Commitment launched: Keep Britain Tidy launches scheme for businesses.  Read more here…

June 2014

Thames Water have confirmed that they will be sponsoring both October 2014 and March 2015 Reading RESCUE events.  We welcome this continued support from the water company who have headquarters in Reading.  They also take part in the event by offering staff time through their ‘time to Give’ scheme, which encourages all staff to give 2 days of volunteering time a year.  Read more here…


The amounts of rubbish going to land fill are at a record low in the UK according to an ediewaste article.  Still, we manage to find so much that doesn’t quite make it to one!


RVA have published some guidelines for community groups to contact the press with their news stories.  Read the artlicle here.

Our Autumn RESCUE 2013 was a great success.  

Find out where the clean up teams were in operation here… 

Check our twitter feed below to see pictures from the clean up event which took place in October 2013 and read what the clean up teams achieved together here.

Mayor of Reading says ‘Thank You’ to all RESCUE volunteers

Mayor of Reading on 11 Sept 2013Following the great effort over a number of years by hundreds of volunteers, the Mayor invited representatives from business, community clean up teams and RBC waste services to personally say ‘thank you’ for their commitment and effort towards keeping Readings environmental spaces clean.

The Mayors reception took place on Septeber 3rd 2013 in the Mayors Parlour, Civic Centre.  Mayor Marian Livingstone enjoyed personally meeting and thanking volutneers for their contribution.  The volunteers were also pleased to be thanked in this way and said it was a priviledge to be invited to such an event.

A valuable networking event for some groups too as RESCUE volunteers  discussed ways to work together during clean up events.

Mayors Reception photo Sept 2013 all volunteers

Please click here to find out about our Pride of Reading Award 2010.

Find out more about Reading RESCUE, when it happens and how it’s organised.