Message in a Bottle – Source to Sea

Carlos and Carolyn will paddle the length of the Thames on their Plastic Bottle SUPs

to collect your 'Message in a Bottle' to deliver to parliament

On World Ocean’s Day, 8th June 2018 Carlos and Carolyn will begin their journey along the Thames River from the navigable source at Lechlade to the sea at Gravesend. They will paddle over 300km on their SUPs (Stand Up Paddle Boards) made out of plastic bottles to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our waterways and to deliver a ‘Message in a Bottle’ to parliament.  They would like to invite you to get involved.

Message in a Bottle

We want to hear your thoughts.  We are inviting all children (and adults) to share your messages with us, which we will take to parliament when we reach London.  We want to create something visual, creative and innovative to celebrate your ideas for a more sustainable future; so we have come up with the idea of Bottle Bunting.  It’s easy.

1. Download the template

2. Up-cycle an old t-shirt, sheet or any fabric – cut out the template

3. Write your message and decorate it in permanent pen (remember to sign your name)

4. Give it to us as we paddle by or send it to us at the address below

Get involved

Download the Bottle Bunting templates here

Template A

Template B


Join us for a leg (or several) of the journey so that you can experience the joy of being in nature for yourself; anyone can do it!


We would like to invite all schools near the Thames to come meet us, share your messages and perhaps even do a mini clean up.


There are a number of exciting sponsorship and partner opportunities.  Contact us to TAKE ACTION against plastic pollution.

Join us for a leg of the journey

You can register to join us on the corresponding event pages (from 1 May) or email for more information.  To hire a SUP please contact the SUP club in your area directly.


Tue 5 June         LAUNCH EXHIBITION & TALK at Brazilian Embassy (6.30-9.30pm) on WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Wed 6 June       Run and Clean Up in London organised by Good Gym (venue tbc)

Fri 8 June           Lechlade to Rushey Lock campsite – (15.15km) – SUP Gloucester

Sat 9 June          Rushy Lock to Bablock Hythe

Sun 10 June       Bablock Hythe to Kings Lock

Mon 11 June      Kings Lock to Sandford Lock, Oxford

Tue 12 June        Sandford Lock to Clifton, Abingdon

Wed 13 June       Clifton, Abingdon to Goring Lock, Goring

Thu 14 June        Goring Lock to Henley-on-Thames

Fri 15 June          EVENT in Henley

Sat 16 June         Henley-on-Thames to Hurley Lock, Hurley

Sun 17 June        Hurley Lock to Bray Lock, Bray – Bewl Canoe Club

Mon 18 June       Bray Lock to Windsor

Tue 19 June        Windsor to Staines to Shepperton Lock

Wed 20 June       Shepperton Lock to Ham

Thu 21 June        Ham to Kew – Midsummer Night sunset paddle – ACTIVE 360

Fri 22 June          Kew to Barnes

Mon 25 June       Barnes to Chelsea, Cremorne Riverside


Wed 27 June       Chelsea to Thames Barrier – closed group.

Thu 28 June        Thames Barrier to Gravesend – closed group.

Fri 29 June          CLOSING CEREMONY (tbc)


We need your bottles


We know there are a lot of bottles out there but collecting them is actually a bit tricky as the recycle trucks crush them and we need them fairly undamaged.  Can you help us by collecting your bottles?  We need 130 2 litre bottles per board.  We can then collect them from your school if you give us a call to tell us you have lots.

Plastic Bottle Guide

Together We Can Do More


Can you help share our project?  Would you like to organise an event to run alongside the Source to Sea?  Do you want to sponsor us?  Currently we are funding everything on a shoe string and we are looking for support for the charity moving forwards.  If your organisation would like to know more about how to get involved please contact Carolyn on 07870685994.

First in the World to Paddle a Marathon on a Plastic Bottle SUP