Help Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution on Southampton’s Waterways

Call for volunteers to join community clear up on Southampton’s River Itchen
Join the paddleboard event to help keep the waterways clean
Organised by Southampton International Boat Show in partnership with Planet Patrol.


Ahead of Southampton International Boat Show, organisers British Marine are calling on volunteers to join a community paddleboard event to help turn the tide on plastic in our waters.

Hosted in partnership with Planet Patrol, one of the key official charities that Southampton International Boat Show is supporting this year, the paddleboard clean-up will see both experienced and new paddlers take to the River Itchin on Sunday 5th September to help collect and record litter on the Southampton waterways.

Taking place as part of Southampton International Boat Show’s pledge to make the 52nd show the most sustainable and environmentally friendly yet, it also offers the perfect opportunity for first-timers to get out on the water to give paddleboarding a go under expert guidance.

Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine says, “As well as our green pledge, a key focus of this year’s show is accessibility. We want to facilitate helping as many people as possible to try out new sports and activities and the Planet Patrol partnership caters brilliantly to both.”

“With so many perceived barriers to trying on the water activities, community groups and initiatives such as those run by Planet Patrol are so important in helping first-timers dip their toe in the water, as well as being part of a fantastic environmental initiative.”

Planet Patrol Founder, Lizzie Carr says, “Our coordinated activity-based clean ups harness the power of the local community to encourage people to look after our environment, driving action that serves to protect our planet and wildlife from the harmful effects of pollution.  Our events are open to everyone regardless of their experience level and volunteers record the litter they find for analysis in the free Planet Patrol app, helping us to better understand the problem so we can hold brands accountable and tackle the issue for closed loop solutions.”


Places are limited and participants must register for a free ticket and need to be aged 16+. For full event information and details of how to sign up and take part in the community clear up, visit:

For those interested in giving water sports a try who may not be able to make the community clear up event, look no further than the brand new ‘On The Water’ zone launching at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show.  The zone offers people the chance to get involved in activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding  – all within the price of their ticket.

This year’s Southampton International Boat Show will also offer visitors the chance to buy some of the newest and most advanced products made from recycled and recyclable materials, and discover the latest technological advances designed to protect the environment. Attendees can get specific advice and guidance from The Green Blue stand, a joint initiative between British Marine and the RYA, highlighting sustainable and environmentally friendly products and services through its Green Blue Business Directory.


For media enquiries and to get involved in the event please contact [email protected] or call Joanna Long on 07905 442 084

Full event information including sign-up can be found here.

About Southampton International Boat Show

From SUPs to superyachts and everything in between, the Southampton International Boat Show is an on-water event, one of the largest in Europe and the biggest and most popular of its type in the UK. Welcoming over 103,000 visitors, the event provides a showcase for everything the leisure marine industry has to offer and an exciting family day out with many chances to get afloat.

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The Southampton International Boat Show (10 – 19 September 2021) is owned and operated by British Marine. British Marine is the trade association for the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry.

Through the provision of world-class events, specialist services and business support tools, we support over 1,500 members from both sea-going and inland sectors in achieving long-term sustainable growth and represent an industry which employs more than 38,700 people in the UK.

For more information about the work of British Marine and how to join, please visit the website:  or follow British Marine on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.


About Planet Patrol

Planet Patrol is an award-winning global non-profit on a mission to protect, preserve and restore nature.

Founded in 2016 by Lizzie Carr, Planet Patrol sits at the intersection of wellbeing and environment. Combining the power of community action with technology to collect data around single use materials, driving action that serves to protect our planet and wildlife from the harmful effects of pollution.

Planet Patrol mobilises volunteers from around the world to join either coordinated cleans or collect litter independently. Clean ups are combined with wellbeing activities, such as paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing and yoga, encouraging people to look after the planet while looking after themselves.

Volunteers record the litter they find via the free Planet Patrol mobile app. Data collected is reviewed and analysed to better understand the problem. Helping to inform, accelerate and monitor the transition to a circular economy.

To date, more than 35,000 volunteers have taken part in our mission, collecting over 360,000+ pieces of litter, recorded across 85 countries worldwide.

Planet Patrol is supported by researchers at Nottingham Trent University and the data collected on Planet Patrol’s mobile app is presented in an annual Litter Report.

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