Fight plastic pollution with Lizzie Carr

Lizzie Carr By Lizzie Carr

​In May 2017, GetOutside Champion Lizzie Carr underwent her biggest personal challenge to date – paddleboarding across the English Channel and back in a day to collect water samples and highlight the problem with marine plastic pollution.
More than 80% of marine debris comes from inland sources, including the connected rivers and canals. This summer, you can help by taking part in a #PlasticPatrol Clean Up near you.

Join the Plastic Patrol and also try paddleboarding for free!

A series of free paddle boarding events are being held across England’s waterways and coastline this summer to encourage people to get outside and enjoying the water and to highlight the problem of plastic pollution.

The programme is being led by adventurer and environmentalist Lizzie Carr who, last year was the first person to paddle board the 400-mile length of England’s inland waterways solo and unsupported, highlighting the problem of plastic pollution through her nationwide initiative – Plastic Patrol.

The locations

The Canal & River Trust, the charity which looks after nation’s canals, is hosting the project at eight clean-up events across its canal network where people can help make a difference either from a paddleboard or the towpath.

There are six paddle boarding slots available every hour between 10:00 and 14:00. The activity is completely free, anyone can turn up and take part in the clean-up events. However to get afloat and take part in the paddle boarding, participants must be 16 years or older. There are other educational activities for young families to take part in.

If you have your own kayak, paddleboard or other (safe) water device, you are also invited to join in with the clean up.

Date	Location	Meet point Sat 22nd July	Bridgwater Docks	Admiral’s Landing PH, Northgate, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3EX Sun 30th July	Oxford	Aristotle Lane, Oxford OX2 6TR Sat 5th Aug	Walsall	Navigation Street, Walsall WS2 9BT Sun 6th Aug	Nottingham	Shipley Lock, Newmanley’s Road South, Eastwood, Notts  NG16 3JE Thurs 10th Aug	Sheffield	Sheffield Basin, South Quay Drive, Sheffield S2 5SU Sun 13th Aug	Rochdale	Windsor Street, Rochdale OL11 1NA Sat 19th Aug	Blackburn	Eanam Old Road, Blackburn BB1 5BL 		 Sun 20th Aug	Ellesmere Port	National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4AS

Follow the link below to sign up today.

Sign up for a #PlasticPatrol clean up event

"Litter and plastics can be damaging to wildlife, it can get stuck around boat propellers and, quite frankly is just an eyesore along our lovely waterways."

​Tom Freeland from the Canal & River Trust

Lizzie Carr By Lizzie Carr


GetOutside Champion Lizzie Carr, aka Lizzie Outside, is a natural born adventurer. She has dedicated herself to exploring the UK, focusing on paddle boarding adventures whilst using her journey to highlight and educate on wider environmental issues affecting our waterways.