Around 100 paddle boarders took to the Thames today (June 22) in a mass litter pick between Kew Bridge and Richmond.

The event, known as ‘Get on Board’, was organised by Be Richmond, with the aim to collect discarded litter and plastic within the River Thames.

At midday today (June 22) around 100 paddle boarders took to the Thames to embark on a trip of around four miles between Kew Bridge and Richmond, picking up litter and plastic as they went.

According to river charity Thames21, 65 per cent of the rubbish removed from the Thames is food and drink packaging, something that Be Richmond is working to organise through this event.

The event was also joined by walking teams on land, led by the Habitats & Heritage charity, caring for the natural and historic environment in south and west London.

The litter from today’s event will be collected, weighed and professionally disposed of as part of efforts to improve the Thames.

Ellen Storrar, Richmond BID manager, said: “We’re delighted ‘Get on Board’ is back this year raising awareness about plastic pollution in our waterways and bringing the Richmond community together for a day of fun and environmental action.

“This is a great way to contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment while enjoying the beauty of Richmond's waterways.”