Volunteers set to breathe new life into Worcester canal

Worcester News: CANALSIDE: Councillor Joy Squires and Arboretum resident Elizabeth Parker are supporting proposals to improve their local canalside as a community amenity. CANALSIDE: Councillor Joy Squires and Arboretum resident Elizabeth Parker are supporting proposals to improve their local canalside as a community amenity.

A CANAL will be rejuvenated for future generations by a group determined to spruce it up and make it the asset it should be for Worcester.

Residents living near the Worcester and Birmingham Canal in Worcester are joining forces with the Canal and River Trust to set up a volunteer group to help transform and maintain it.

The volunteers aim to adopt a stretch of the canal and spruce it up with regular litter picks, maintenance work and by devising new ways to enhance the attractiveness of the waterway.

A Worcester Canal Volunteers event will be held at Lansdowne Park in Worcester on Saturday between 10.30am and 12.30pm for people to find out more and put forward their ideas.

The trust’s canal cleaning barge will be out on the waterway removing debris on the day while a litter pick team will be out in force on the towpath led by Matthew Jenkins.

Councillor Joy Squires will be at an information stand for residents to find out more about becoming a volunteer and signing up.

The idea about creating a volunteer group is the brainchild of Arboretum resident Elizabeth Parker, who lives near the canal.

She said: “The canal is such a great asset for Worcester but it could be made much more attractive and be much more of a feature.

“Volunteers have transformed the canals in Droitwich and Stroud. I think we can do the same for Worcester.”

Councillor Squires, who represents Arboretum, is backing the idea. She said: “Elizabeth has done a fantastic job in bringing together the Canal and River Trust, local councillors and volunteers to make a difference to the canal.

“Local resident John Cowie is also campaigning to restore Barker’s Wharf on the canal bank opposite the football ground.

“As a local councillor I have been able to make some improvements to the towpath, including resurfacing, the removal of broken benches and providing more dog waste bins.

“But long term, we need volunteers to make real improvements that can make Worcester’s canal an attractive feature that brings more visitors into the city as well as being better for local residents.”

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10:09am Tue 2 Apr 13

Marant says...

This is good. A few years ago I contacted British Waterways offering to clear the canal up (for free) and got told a whole load of reasons why I couldn't, starting with "you might disturb nesting birds" (it was winter and I'm an ecologist), through "you might get Weil's disease" (due to where i work, I'm aware of it and even carry a card to show the doctor if I'm concerned), and ending up with the downright depressing "there's no point because it'll be full of rubbish five minutes later anyway".

Nice to see the canal and rivers trust engaging with the local community, best way to get places looked after is to give the locals ownership - at least in the sense that they feel their area belongs to them.
This is good. A few years ago I contacted British Waterways offering to clear the canal up (for free) and got told a whole load of reasons why I couldn't, starting with "you might disturb nesting birds" (it was winter and I'm an ecologist), through "you might get Weil's disease" (due to where i work, I'm aware of it and even carry a card to show the doctor if I'm concerned), and ending up with the downright depressing "there's no point because it'll be full of rubbish five minutes later anyway". Nice to see the canal and rivers trust engaging with the local community, best way to get places looked after is to give the locals ownership - at least in the sense that they feel their area belongs to them. Marant

12:16pm Tue 2 Apr 13

Jabbadad says...

I recall when visiting my Sister and family in Seattle that you frequently see signs on the sides of the minor roads saying this stretch is kept tidy by , and then a named family or person. Shows as said, ownership, and respect.
I recall when visiting my Sister and family in Seattle that you frequently see signs on the sides of the minor roads saying this stretch is kept tidy by , and then a named family or person. Shows as said, ownership, and respect. Jabbadad

2:43pm Tue 2 Apr 13

bmoc55 says...

Abrilliant idea and I hope that it works out. Don't get depressed by the ongoing litter louts who have no respect for the environment, every little of cleaing helps.
Here's an idea. Why not draft in people who have been given community service to assist under the guidance of the volunteers.
Abrilliant idea and I hope that it works out. Don't get depressed by the ongoing litter louts who have no respect for the environment, every little of cleaing helps. Here's an idea. Why not draft in people who have been given community service to assist under the guidance of the volunteers. bmoc55

7:21pm Tue 2 Apr 13

DiglisBassinet says...

Great news indeed! The canals were recently cleaned, and it made one heck of a difference on our jaunt to town. I think I might just join - these belong to all of us and it's up to all of us to muck in from time to time!
Great news indeed! The canals were recently cleaned, and it made one heck of a difference on our jaunt to town. I think I might just join - these belong to all of us and it's up to all of us to muck in from time to time! DiglisBassinet

10:56pm Tue 2 Apr 13

diglis.com says...

Brilliant idea and it's refreshing to see the City Council and the Canal and Rivers trust working together on this worthwhile cause.

What is chucked in the cut eventually ends up in Diglis Basin. The www. diglis (dot) com site has a community website where people who are interested in participating in the venture are welcome to post and discuss future events.
Brilliant idea and it's refreshing to see the City Council and the Canal and Rivers trust working together on this worthwhile cause. What is chucked in the cut eventually ends up in Diglis Basin. The www. diglis (dot) com site has a community website where people who are interested in participating in the venture are welcome to post and discuss future events. diglis.com
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