19th Oct 2011
Two upcoming volunteering days are asking people in Ealing, London, and Coventry, West Midlands, to help clean up their local canal.
Make a Difference Day on the Coventry Canal and the British Waterways volunteer work party on the Hanwell Lock Flight, Grand Union Canal are both aimed at improving the local canal environment through tasks such as litter picking, painting fences and clearing vegetation.
Hanwell Lock Flight
The event at the historic Hanwell Lock Flight is being held on Sunday 23 October and volunteers can attend from 10am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-4pm, or both.
Florence Salberter, heritage advisor at British Waterways, said: “The Hanwell Flight is one of the highlights of London’s waterways and the local community has been keen to help restore it to its former glory. We hope that the original funding and enthusiasm from the local community will lead to further funding to work with volunteers on a series of improvements to the area. This would allow us to maintain the heritage structures and create a haven for all sorts of wildlife that everyone in the community would be able to enjoy.”
Volunteers should meet for the day by lock 95, just after The Fox pub, at the end of Green Lane, Ealing (W7 2PJ).
Make a Difference Day on the Coventry Canal is being organised by Voluntary Action Coventry and British Waterways. It will see volunteer work parties at Coventry Canal Basin, as well as by the canal at Swan Lane, on 29 October from 10am-3pm.
Stuart Collins, volunteer leader for British Waterways, said; “We’re keen for local communities to play a more active role in caring for their local canal and hopefully this event will give them a taste of the great sense of achievement at improving their local environment as well as the opportunity to meet new people and have some fun.”
Anyone wishing to take part should contact The Volunteer Centre Coventry on 024 7622 0381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.