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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A pig’s ear, animal bones and more than a dozen pairs of shoes - just a few of the unsightly and surprising items found littered on the banks of the Thames during a recent clean-up effort.
Presenter and environmentalist Ben Fogle led a team of more than 60 volunteers on a trawl of the South Bank near Gabriel’s Wharf last Friday as part of a campaign which has to date lifted over 10 tonnes of rubbish from the country’s beaches.
Speaking about the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, now in its sixth year, the adventurer and broadcaster said: “I’ve been involved in environmental issues for years and I’m passionate about the outdoors.
“A seemingly clean beach can actually have huge amounts of litter and rubbish just hidden beneath the surface - it’s a bit like sweeping rubbish under the carpet.
“The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project makes tackling environmental issues fun and an activity that everyone can get involved with.”
A 10ft pipe, ropes and multiple dustbin lids were also found during last week’s litter pick, highlighting the sheer range and strangeness of what Londoner’s refuse to dispose of properly.