Grand Union Canal volunteering and biodiversity programme

We have launched a biodiversity and volunteering programme 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 projects on OPDC’s ''In the Making'' project website.

Grand Union Canal Grand Union Canal

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

Please register on our website for each event:

Towpath Clean Ups:


Please check this webpage regularly for future events.

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 coronavirus guidelines with social distancing being adhered to, and all tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support.

What we've done so far

The volunteering and biodiversity programme is now up and running and we have started it off with regular clean up events. The litter picks are located in various sections of the Grand Union Canal from Alperton Aqueduct to Scrubs Lane bridge. 

Volunteers Litter Picking in Park Royal

Last date edited: 10 January 2022