Message in a Bottle – Source to Sea
Carlos and Carolyn paddled length of the Thames on their Plastic Bottle SUPs
collecting 100s of 'Messages in a Bottle' to deliver to parliament
On World Ocean’s Day, 8th June 2018 Carlos and Carolyn set out on their journey down the Thames River from the navigable source at Lechlade, beyond the Thames Barrier to the sea at Erith. They paddled just under 300km on their SUPs (Stand Up Paddle Boards) made out of plastic bottles to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our waterways, hoping to inspire behaviour change. They visited 15 schools, spoke to 1500 children, met several MPs in constituencies on route and collected 100s of messages which they delivered to Thérèse Coffey, Minister for the Environment in parliament on 26 June.
We collected 100s of ‘Messages in a Bottle’
Thank you to all the schools, teachers, children and individuals who gave us their messages. We had a successful meeting with Thérèse Coffey, Minister for the Environment in parliament on 26 June. Huge thanks to Rebecca Pow (MP) for hosting this meeting. The Bottle Bunting was creative, innovative and inspiring and we were delighted to be able to share the children’s messages. Let’s hope this opens up an opportunity to speed up action against plastic.
Source to Sea Interactive Map
Our Interactive map, created by Wanda Bodnar shows the date for each leg, distance and the supporting clubs. Click on the date to find out more information about what we did.
Thank you to all the SUP, kayak and canoe clubs who joined our journey and to the individuals who made our journey all the more memorable. Thank you also to all the organisations who arranged a clean up during our expedition.
Wed 6 June Meet MPs in House of Commons
Wed 6 June Run and Clean Up in London organised by Good Gym
Sat 9 June Rushy Lock to Ferryman’s Inn, Bablock Hythe (17km) – ATB Shop SUP club
Sun 10 June Bablock Hythe to St Edward’s Boathouse (11.8km)
Mon 11 June St Edward’s Boathouse to Abingdon Lock (18km)
Tue 12 June Abingdon Lock to Day’s Lock (13.5km)
Wed 13 June Day’s Lock to Goring Lock (17.8km)
Thu 14 June Goring Lock to Caversham Lock (17.3km)
Fri 15 June Caversham Lock to Henley-on-Thames (15km) – hire a board from SUP hire
Sat 16 June Henley-on-Thames to Hurley Lock, Hurley (9.2km)
Mon 18 June Bray Lock to Windsor (13.5km) – hire a board from Canoe & Kayak Tours
Tue 19 June Windsor to Staines to Shepperton Lock (20km) – hire a board from Canoe & Kayak Tours
Wed 20 June Shepperton Lock to Teddington Lock (18km) – Barnes Tidy Towpath clean up
Thu 21 June Teddington Lock to Richmond – RICHMOND BID EVENT – try our board and join in the races
Thu 21 June Richmond to Kew Bridge (9.2km) – Midsummer Night sunset paddle – ACTIVE 360
Fri 22 June Kew Bridge to Cremorne Riverside (12.75km)
Tue 26 June DELIVER MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE TO PARLIAMENT
Wed 27 June Chelsea to Thames Barrier – (closed group) (23km)
Thu 28 June Thames Barrier to Gravesend (Gravesham Arts) – (closed group) (26.75km)
Fri 29 June CLOSING CEREMONY hosted by St. Katharine’s Docks 6pm -8pm
Together We Can Do More
Huge thanks to the Brazilian Embassy and St. Katharine’s Docks for hosting our opening and closing ceremonies and to all the organisations that arranged clean ups.
We loved our new gear! Thank you so much to everyone who donated items to help us on our mission.