Uppermill canal volunteers celebrate 100 days of helping

UPPERMILL Community Action Network (UCAN) are celebrating their 100-day milestone of voluntary service.

The group, founded in 2015, has adopted the section of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal that runs through Uppermill from Wade Lock to Wool Road.

Supported by the Canal & River Trust (CRT), local people who care about, and are committed to, crafting and maintaining the local environment have put in more than 2,300 hours of work.

UCAN holds regular canal tidying events, including vegetation clearance (especially Himalayan Balsam), wild flower planting, litter picking, lock gate maintenance and towpath improvements.

Their most recent Project Day focused on planting daffodil bulbs around the Wade Lock, next to Saddleworth Museum, to compliment those already planted around the canal.

They hope this will add to the ribbons of colour across the village community in the springtime.

They also continued to clear fallen leaves from the canal path, as well as the on-going efforts of trimming overhanging or fallen branches, ivy, brambles and nettles.

UCAN is always pleased to welcome new members. For anyone interested in getting involved, their upcoming project dates are Thursday, January 23, Saturday, February 8 and Thursday, February 20.

All equipment is provided by the Canal and River Trust (CRT), stout footwear and suitable clothing is recommended.

The usual time and meeting point is 10am at the canal bridge on Moorgate Street but this can change.

For further information, contact Peter Killan on 01457 878361 or email peterkillan@hotmail.com

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