Grand Union Canal volunteering and biodiversity programme

We're launching a new programme of volunteering on the Grand Union Canal in Old Oak and Park Royal.

The project is funded by OPDC (Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation), Mayor of London, LEAP (The Local Enterprise Partnership) for London and Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England.

We've been working with OPDC for the last few years to maximise the potential of the canal. We were a key partner in OPDC’s Canal Placemaking Study (2019) and have provided our expertise to help inform OPDC's plans for the area. Together we've come up with a series of projects and initiatives to bring the canal to life.

You can find out more about the project on OPDC’s project website.

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Get involved

We're excited about continuing to work with OPDC to deliver on some of the ambitions of the Canal Placemaking study to create a green corridor of biodiversity along the canal and to build a network of committed volunteers in the area who can support this. We aim to improve the environmental conditions of the canal, enhance the sense of local ownership, and invite the local community to be part of a legacy of volunteering.

Come and join our volunteer team and help improve your local waterway. All welcome.

We’d love to engage with local businesses, residents and community groups so please email us at for more information and to register your interest with the project.

Upcoming events

Two Let's Litter Pick! events have been confirmed for July so please register on our website:

Join our partner group, Friends of the Grand Union Canal on Saturday 24 July in a clean-up celebration of the Paddington Arm which turns 220 years old this year. They will be hosting cleans ups over the whole 12-mile-long arm.

For more information and to register for the event, please use the Friends of the Grand Union Canal website.

Events have been confirmed for August so please register on our website:

Volunteers are invited to join for a portion of the session or bring a packed lunch and stay all day! All events will be delivered with current Covid guidelines with social distancing being adhered to, and all tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support.


Last date edited: 20 July 2021