River Walk, Talk, Draw

We had such a great day walking, talking, litter picking and drawing with an amazing group of people, from near, far and wide! We talked about seeds and islands and water flow and ecosystems and left things much cleaner than we found them 🌿🌀💦

Thanks to everyone that came and joined in!

Many more exciting events happening for #londonriversweek2021 check out @thames21 for all the info!

About This Past Event

Join members of Surge Co-operative for a walk, talk, litter-pick and collective draw on the Channelsea River.

For London’s Rivers Week 2021 members of Surge Co-operative, will lead a walk, talk, litter-pick and collective draw, gathering on the river in a multi-sensory way; to record and restore.

Join us for an afternoon of slowing down to connect, taking care and observing our environment, experiencing how our time in place can be a way of evolving and enriching our collective selves.

We will meet at Three Mills Park, then walk along the Channelsea river together, discussing the nature of islands and their place on waterways, a meandering chat as we litter pick along the river, gathering detritus and good feelings from restoring a sense of balance to this place so many species call home.

The walk will end with a collective drawing session at the Long Wall Path site where we are planning an ecology grarden, on the banks of the Channelsea next to Abbey Mills pumping station. We will focus on Surge’s first floating island that sits in the Channelsea, an enlivening ecosystem, a ‘liver for the river’ which, with funding from Newham’s Community Assembly, will be joined by three more in Spring 2022, co-created with residents of Newham.

What to bring:

• A mug – we will provide the tea
• Lunch if you will get hungry – we will provide snacks
• Your own drawing materials if you have them – we will provide some

MEET AT 12.45 – in the middle of the Three Mills Park circular green


The walk is approximately a mile long and we will be taking it slow as we litter pick and talk. There are no steps but the river path is an uneven stony track.

Knowing access to blue/green space is vital for well-being, Surge endeavor to make our events and community actions as accessible as possible and improving accessibility is built into our long-term goals for the area. Currently, there are wheelchair accessible paths around the Long Wall Path site, and we invite people to communicate any access needs they may have. We can provide information in other formats and audio/visual journeys in advance, if requested.

Please note, there are currently no public toilet facilities in the vicinity.

If you’d like to discuss your access further needs please contact: charlotte@surge.coop

#londonriversweek is organised by @thames21 and supported by @officialthameswater 🙏🏻💚

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