The annual Thames Draw Off allowed a river bed clear-up in Richmond, jointly hosted by The Environment Trust and Be Richmond, on November 16-17.

With lock gates left open for maintenance when the tide goes out, the river through Richmond emptied giving an opportunity to pick litter and larger rubbish from normally inaccessible areas.

Over 100 volunteers - including workers, residents and children - attended the events and large amounts of rubbish were cleared including 3 bicycles, plastic, clothing and general waste. Much of the material collected, including metal was recycled.

Be Richmond Manager Ellen Storrar said: "The River Thames is one of Richmond’s greatest assets and supports numerous businesses as well as providing leisure opportunities for residents, workers and visitors. Be Richmond is fully committed to looking after the river and the Thames Draw Off gives us an excellent opportunity to clear the river bed and greatly reduce pollution."