Plogging comes to Wandsworth

Published: Friday, May 10, 2019

The Swedish fitness craze 'plogging' is coming to Wandsworth.

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A previous plogging event in Battersea Park

Plogging is the new workout trend from Sweden, giving you the double endorphin hit of not only keeping fit but also making a massive difference to your local community at the same time.

It is a combination of running, jogging or walking and the Swedish term 'plocka upp', meaning pick up. Wandsworth Council is supporting Plogolution, by co-hosting a plog in June at King George’s Park, as part its MyWandsworth campaign.

The concept is simple. Rather than jogging on by the rubbish littered on the street or in a park, ploggers pick it up and dispose of it correctly instead.

Michelle Parkes, Plogolution co-founder, explains their ethos:

“We started Plogolution just under a year ago and are really pleased to be working with Wandsworth Council in a bid to create fit and happy communities that are dedicated to building an environment that we can be proud to hand down to future generations.

“Our vision is all about tackling plastic pollution, which is now at crisis point, with 8 million tonnes of it hitting our oceans annually.

“We want to create a planet where plogging is no longer needed and our streets, parks and town centres are litter free. Clearly we are a long way from achieving this dream, but with events like this we can get one step closer.”

Councillor Steffi Sutters, Wandsworth Council's cabinet member for the environment said:

“We are immensely proud to support Plogolution, and jointly run this event as part of our MyWandsworth campaign to keep the borough clean and tidy.

“Plogging is just one way that we can bring the community together, as well as sending a clear message to litter louts that what they do is unacceptable.”

Register today to join the Wandsworth Plog on Saturday June 8, 1pm-3pm, King George’s, Wandsworth.  

People of all ages and fitness abilities are welcome to come along; the Wandsworth plog has a 2k walk or a 5k run if you’re keen to get your running shoes on.

All equipment will be provided including gloves, rubbish bags and a FREE Plogolution t-shirt. Everyone is welcome, so pop along and make some friends