Happy Christmas from Rivers and People

This has been a strange old year for all of us, but I am pleased that we have still manged to get so much work done. We hope that we will be back to some sort of normality in the Spring and will be able to start taking bigger groups out. Thank you to everyone that has joined us on one of our sessions in 2020 – our rivers and banksides are all the better for your work! We look forward to seeing you all in 2021!

The Tweed Invasives Project

For those of you who have spent time with me and other volunteer groups in activities such as The 3 Rivers Clean Up clearing himalayan balsam know what great fun it is. You may wonder, however if it is all worthwhile? Of course we know it is because in Lewisham we have seen a huge reduction in the amount of HB in the years that we have been running the 3 Rivers Clean Up and other similar sessions.

The Tweed Invasives Project has been tackling invasive plant species in and around the River Tweed and its tributaries since 2002, when Giant Hogweed was identified as one of the biggest threats to the River.  Since then, they have added Japanese knotweed and Himalayan Balsam to their list of invasives. With all this fantastic experience, they have produced a ‘best practice’ manual, The Tweed Invasives Project: 18 Years of Catchment-wide Control, which gives a detailed guide to delivering a long-term, catchment-scale invasives control programme.

It is a fantastic document highlighting all the different ways in which you can control these species. For those of you that only want to read about Himalayan balsam, you will find this from p24 onwards.

Rivers and People sessions cancelled

Due to the most recent advice from the UK Government and from Lewisham Council, we have decided to cancel the Rivers and People volunteering sessions and until further notice. I appreciate that you may be disappointed by this news, but in light of the current advice this we feel this is the best course of action. I will of course update you as advice changes.

Please let anyone know that you see who may not see this message

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Virtual Tour of Lewisham’s Rivers

There are a lot of wonderful volunteers out there who help keep our rivers clean, from the Friends of the River Pool to Nature’s Gym to Thames21. Part of the reason our rivers are so lovely, is down to this dedicated bunch of people. This is usually the time of year when we, along with a number of partners, would be great ready for the the 3 Rivers Clean Up. Unfortunately, with the way things are currently, we are not sure if this will be able to go ahead. This is a great shame because not only is it great fun, it is a lovely way to meet people and also get to see parts of the Borough you may not know about and experience from a new angle.  Thankfully, local resident and very active volunteer Lawrence is here to help. On his blog Mental Mapping he has created a ‘virtual tour’ of Lewisham’s Rivers.

Waiting to get in

The tour takes in the rivers Ravensbourne, Quaggy and Pool along with their associated tributaries. You will get an idea of the flora and geomorphology along the rivers along with the type of great work the volunteers do. 

Catchment Map

If you are keen to get involved in volunteering along the rivers, keep an eye out on the following blogs, where we will post updates information about events you’ll be able to take part in – hopefully in the not too distance future!

Rivers and People
3 Rivers Clean Up
Nature’s Gym
Thames 21
Friends of River Pool

Friends of Brookmill Park Talks

The Friends of Brookmill Park are putting on a series of really interesting talks on a number of environmental areas (Birds/Trees/ Flood mitigation etc).

Come along to informative talks on topics of local interest by outstanding speakers, kindly hosted by our friendly local – The Brookmill Pub.

When: Sunday evenings 6.30 for 6.45 start, finish 8.00
Tickets: £5.00 on the door
Location: The Brookmill Pub, 65 Cranbrook Road, SE8 4EJ

Please note talks take place in the upstairs room. Talks audio-recorded for anyone unable to use the stairs.
Proceeds go towards activities in the park.

Job opportunity at Creekside Education Trust

Learning Deliverer 

Fixed term contract part time (9 months maternity leave)

DEADLINE for Applications:  12.00pm Thursday, 24th October 2019

Creekside Education Trust

Creekside Education Trust runs the Creekside Discovery Centre on Deptford Creek. The Centre provides an exciting range of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages that include discovery walks in Deptford Creek at low tide. Participants wear waders and are able to wade through the water, experiencing an urban wild river while gaining insight into biodiversity, wildlife, and the history of the area. We deliver educational sessions on science, history and geography for thousands of local children every year. Families, community groups, and pre-school groups also participate in various activities.  Creekside Discovery Centre is unique, being situated in a completely urban context. The grounds are managed for maximum biodiversity with over 300 species of wildflower on a site of under 0.26 hectares.

Job summary

Creekside Education Trust Learning Deliverers are a team responsible for delivery of outdoor education sessions during term time at Creek Discovery Centre. The sessions include low tide walks within Deptford Creek. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in delivering environmental education and learning outside the classroom in a unique setting in London. This position is for two days a week with flexibility to be term time only.

Job description

  1. Delivery of outdoor education sessions for primary schools focusing on rivers, local wildlife, science, local history and geography.
  2. Comply with all Creekside Education Trust health and safety procedures, including risk assessments.
  3. Adhere to the policies as laid out in the Creekside Education Trust Staff Handbook including safeguarding and child protection.
  4. Setting up and clearing away before and after sessions. This can include tidying, sweeping, organising resources, moving tables, chairs and benches and tidying bathrooms.
  5. Assist with promoting Creekside Education Trust and our activities. This can include contributions to our social media accounts and our website.
  6. Support and supervise any volunteers involved in the delivery of education sessions.
  7. Complete any other task reasonably requested by the Coordinator or other staff members.

Personal specification


  • Experience of working with primary school aged children
  • Demonstrable interest in history, geography or science
  • Experience in delivering out of classroom learning
  • Willingness to work as part of a supportive team but also able to act on own initiative
  • Confident and comfortable in dealing with a range of schools, volunteers and members of the public as well as groups and individuals
  • IT skills including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook email, Google Calendar
  • Willingness to support pupils with physical, emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties and to enable their inclusion within visits to Creekside Discovery Centre
  • Ability to maintain a calm and positive learning environment
  • Enthusiasm for the role and a genuine interest in our charity, Creekside Education Trust


  • Website management skills and experience of developing a social media following e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • First Aid at Work qualification (training or refresher training can be provided if required)

Equal opportunities

Creekside Education Trust is an equal opportunities employer and will not discriminate. Given the physical nature of this post including walking on a steep sided river bank and a river bed with an uneven rocky surface, if you do have mobility issues, please contact the Coordinator directly to find out more about the role. This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

To apply for this role, please complete the application form and send it by email to or by post to Creekside Discovery Centre, 14, Creekside, Deptford, SE8 4SA

Learning Deliverer 2019

CET – Application Form – Learning Deliverer

Deadline for applications:    12.00pm Thursday, 24th October 2019.

Interviews will be held on Friday 1st November. Please notify on your application if you are unable to attend an interview on this date. 

Creak at the Creek

DATES: Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 October and Saturday 2 November 

Starting at the Discovery Centre and taking place in and around the historic Deptford Creek, this is a once in a lifetime chance to explore the river alongside the Victorian treasure hunters known as the Toshers.  Waders provided!

This is a family activity so grown-ups come along and join in the fun with your children. Participants need to be reasonably fit as you will be walking on the bed of a wild river. We provide waders, a waterproof and a walking stick and suggest you wear old clothes. Please note this event is for children over the age of 8. Children under the age of 14 will need to be accompanied by an adult.Performance will last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and will involving going into Deptford Creek.
Young children are welcome to watch from the footbridge but will need to be accompanied by an adult.

For more information visit the Creekside Discovery website

Reserve you place

Thames Ambassador training – Thames River Watch, 26th June 2019

Thames21 writes

Want to help create a buzz about the health of the Thames? Help Thames21 spread the word about what we are doing on the Thames, get people involved, and get people excited about taking action to help clean up and monitor the Thames by becoming a Thames River Watch ambassador. As a Thames ambassador, you will support our events by welcoming volunteers, chatting to locals, and answering questions about Thames21. Our events are good at generating curiosity, so we want to explain what we are doing and get people to join in.

This day-long training session will provide non-experts with the knowledge and tools to become a Thames River Watch ambassador. Click here to find out more about the Thames River Watch project.

The session will include:

  • An introduction to Thames River Watch
  • The story of London’s River
  • The tidal foreshore environment
  • Water quality on the Thames (including how to monitor it)
  • Wildlife in the river
  • Ways for the public to get involved

The session involves indoor learning and a practical session on the foreshore.

Please note: if this is your first training session with Thames21, please sign up here.

If you have already registered for a training session with Thames21, you can sign onto this one by clicking here.

If you are interested in other training opportunities offered by Thames21 please sign up to receive our Training Bulletin

Date and time: June 26 Time 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Venue: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Contact Abbi Kent
Phone: 07826913307
Email: abbi.kent@thames21.org.uk