Swimming the Thames. Navigable source to swimmable sea.
Over the summer April - October 2022 the Henley Mermaids will be swimming the length of the Thames in sections. This is to highlight the issue of pollution in our rivers.
“The river Thames is a national treasure 346 kilometers long, that is enjoyed by boaters, swimmers, walkers and paddleboarders. It’s also home to a huge array of wildlife. It’s time we treated our rivers with the respect they deserve. I hope people will support us this year.”
Swimming together has made us aware of the terrible state of our rivers. Only 14% of rivers in England are considered to be in good ecological health. The Environmental Audit Committee found that our rivers are being polluted with a chemical cocktail of sewage, slurry and microplastics. We are proud to use our voices to stand up for our rivers and for our beloved River Thames.