Fradley Junction’s new canal care project needs your help

A new team of canal champions is being sought to keep one of the Midlands waterway network’s landmark locations in tip-top condition and to assist with visitor activities throughout the year.

British Waterways is calling for volunteers to get involved in a variety of year-round tasks and events at Fradley Junction – a scenic location brimming with life on and off the water.

The volunteers will form a group that meets every month and plays a key part in Fradley’s maintenance, conservation and enhancement. The variety of tasks – from woodland work to assisting boaters and helping with guided walks or seasonal activities – means there is truly a role for everyone, and everyone has something to give!

Fradley Junction, near Alrewas, Staffordshire, marks the meeting of the Trent & Mersey and Coventry Canals and combines picturesque waterways with great facilities that attract visitors young and old all year round. A hive of boater and tourist activity in the busy summer months and popular with walkers, cyclists, wildlife lovers and educational groups all through the year – there’s always something on Fradley’s social calendar.

No specific skills are required and the volunteers will receive full training for the tasks where necessary. An open day will be held at the site on March 5th 2011 to give interested individuals an idea of what volunteering at Fradley Junction will involve.

The creation of this new team presents a great opportunity for local people to get involved in a year-round volunteer venture that benefits the whole community. Volunteering is central to British Waterways’ plans in England and Wales to move the canals and rivers out of state control and into a new waterways charity by April 2012. This move will attract new investment and give local people a greater role in how their waterways are run – including the opportunity to get involved in a growing number of volunteering opportunities.

British Waterways’ volunteer leader Stuart Collins explains: “We’re looking to build a team of volunteers who can help keep this popular waterside setting clean, green and attractive, assist visitors and support events all year round. This new team at Fradley really embodies what the new waterways charity will be all about; putting people at the heart of their local waterways and giving them a say in their future.

“For anyone who treasures our natural environment and wants to get involved in promoting the appeal of the waterside this is a fantastic opportunity to take pride and ownership in a great local asset and really get involved. Being a much-loved location, I expect interest from potential volunteers to be high and would urge interested individuals to call me for more details and come along to the open day.”

For further details information contact British Waterways’ volunteer leader Stuart Collins on 07879 884802 or e-mail

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