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Canal News – Volunteers needed to help clean the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

Canal News

Volunteers needed to help clean the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

We’re asking people living in and around Gailey in Cannock to help us give the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal a much-needed spring clean.

715Volunteers after working on their adopted length of canal
The next clean-up is planned for Thursday 24 April from 10am – 3pm and people of all ages and abilities are invited to lend a hand to spruce up their local waterway. All equipment will be provided and volunteers should wear old clothes that they don’t mind getting a bit muddy.
The work is part of the our Towpath Taskforce volunteering project, which encourages people to come out, get their hands dirty and help protect some of Staffordshire’s most important wildlife habitats and public open space. The Taskforce provides regular volunteering opportunities for local communities which, as well as benefitting our canals and rivers also create memorable and rewarding experiences for everyone who takes part.
Pride in local waterways
The teams meet regularly and are aimed at encouraging more community ownership of and pride in local waterways. Projects include painting lock gates, improving access to the towpath, clearing overgrown vegetation, cleaning up litter and graffiti and helping wildlife by building nest and bat boxes and planting reed beds.
Peter Mathews CMG, chair of the West Midlands waterways partnership for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Staffordshire’s waterways are a real hive of activity with a whole variety plants and animals living along them. There are some areas though that need a little work, from cutting back natural vegetation to clearing away some of the rubbish that gets left behind. The more that people living near the canal can spare a few hours and help us tidy it up the better it will be for the whole community.”
Meeting point is at our car park next to the Roundhouse, Croft Lane, just off the A5, Gailey, Staffordshire, ST19 5PR.

Coming Soon – Santa’s Vehicle Rally and Road Run

The Air Ambulance in action on the football pitch at Oak Park, Walsall Wood, Staffs, following an accident to one of the players.  Photograph by our man on the spot, the one and only – oakparkrunner!

2010 Chasewater and Chuff Road Run

2010 Chasewater and Chuff Road Run

For the fourth year, Chasewater saw the older vehicles doing their tour of the local district.

What makes it so enjoyable is hearing just about everyone saying that they either had owned one of the models or knew someone who had.   It’s certainly a great pleasure to see the type of car or commercial vehicle that we drove when we first passed our Driving Test still on the road!

Long may it continue!

More pictures on the flickr link

Please don’t forget David Pearce’s next day out: