Volunteers venture out in all weather to keep towpaths tidy

A HARDY band of volunteers braved heavy rain for the first meeting of the year as they continue to keep Uppermill’s canal towpaths spic and span.

Volunteers hard at work on the canal towpath

Uppermill Community Association Network (UCAN) are supported by Canal and River Trust (CRT) in their work along the paths of the local waterways.
And the volunteers were in action in January with their usual litter pick as well as a push to remove rotting leaves from the towpath between Wade Lock and Limekiln Lock.
Over the coming months UCAN are keen to start work on some of the projects which have been considered for 2018.
These include the development of the woodland alongside the viaduct, further ground clear-ance near the stepping stones and building raised flower beds to further enhance the area.
They said: “Getting involved in volunteering in the local environment is a great way of meeting other locals, enjoying healthy exercise, with a well-earned drink and biscuit after!
“We are always pleased to welcome new members to join us and help make Uppermill an even better place to live.”

UCAN send a special thank you to all the volunteers who helped on the day

Their upcoming project days are: Saturday, February 17; Thursday, March 1; and Saturday, March 24.
All equipment is provided by CRT, and you are recommended to wear stout footwear and suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day. UCAN would like to thank CRT and Tesco volunteers for their continued support.
The usual meeting point is 10am at the canal bridge on Moorgate Street, but this is some-times changed. New volunteers are advised to check a few days in advance online: http://ucanuppermill.com/ or contact UCAN’s Group Leader Peter Killan on 01457 878361, or email: peterkillan@hotmail.com

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