Plastic Free Hackney
Rewilding the canal:: Plastic Free Hackney

Local environmental group Plastic-Free Hackney is organising a programme of regular Litter Picks and other activities that provide volunteers with an opportunity to enjoy some fresh autumn air in a convivial atmosphere.

Earlier this month, the group started work on a multiphase canal rewilding project. Bettina Maidment and Daisy Hutchison, organisers of the Hackney Canal Project, said: “We have been able to clean graffiti, pick litter, plant and install raised beds and bee boxes that not only beautify the area but help improve the biodiversity of Hackney.”

The project is volunteer-led, and as Maidment explains: “this local involvement helps to build a sense of community as well as make people feel proud of where they live and really care for it”.

Canal rewilding
Getting involved: Plastic Free Hackney. Photograph: Ali Fisher

On Sunday 29 September the group will start the second phase of the project, building planters, bee habitats and bug hotels.

All are welcome to get involved; meet at 10am outside the Princess of Wales Pub, E5 9RB.

Equipment will be provided, but make sure you are dressed to tackle thorns!

For details, contact Bettina at or sign up for the event here.

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