Dedicated volunteers keep Uppermill blooming for Spring

By Lily Chick

DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS are eager to keep Saddleworth beautiful with Spring well and truly on the way.

Uppermill Community Action Network (UCAN), supported by Canal and River Trust, have been working on clearing overhanging vegetation both over the towpath and the canal for easier boat passage.

Recently, their group activities have been focussed on weeding and further tidying under the Limekiln Viaduct where they planted wild flowers last Autumn.

UCAN are looking for more volunteers to help them with their future plans to do further landscaping work on the area under Limekiln Viaduct.

They previously cleared this area of the towpath of Himalyan balsam and it now has much needed space and sunlight for native flowers and plants to grow.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We are pleased to see flowers blooming excellently, a welcome splash of colour for this time of year.”

Over their first year, the group has completed approximately 700 hours of volunteer activities that include regular litter-picking, towpath repair work, lock gate painting, vegetation control and wild flower planting.

The group warmly welcome new-comers to join their future activities. Dates for upcoming projects are: Thursday, April 20; Saturday, May 6; Thursday, May 18; Saturday, June 3; and Thursday, June 15.

Their usual meeting time is 10am at the Limekiln Lock but new members are advised to check in advance of each event.

For more information contact UCAN’s Group Leader Peter Killan on 01457 878361, or e-mail:


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