News article created on 2 March 2018

March news update

Welcome to the March news update from the London Volunteering Team. This month the newsletter is packed with a whole range of volunteer events and opportunities coming up across London's waterways, there really is something for everyone so please read on.

London Towpath Taskforce Team at Hanwell January 2018 London Towpath Taskforce at Hanwell January 2018

Towpath Taskforce

Join us at Towpath Taskforce to breathe in that crisp ‘spring’ air and help keep London’s waterways looking their best! We’ll be out at Islington, Hanwell, Ware and Roydon this month. More information can be found by clicking the links below and details of our April events can be found on the London Volunteering page. All tools, equipment and instruction will be supplied, please wear old clothes and hard-soles footwear and if the weather forecast is looking wet, don’t forget the waterproofs!

  • Saturday 3 March – this event has been cancelled due to the weather
  • Wednesday 7 March, 10am-3.30pm- Vegetation cutback and Little pick on the River Stort at Roydon Lock. Meet us at Roydon Lock which is a 5 minute walk from Roydon High street, approximate postcode CM19 5EF. The nearest station is Roydon.
  • Saturday 10 March, 10am-3.30pm- Building a raised brick planting bed and towpath tidy up on the Regents Canal at City Road Lock. Meet us at City Road Lock, nearest access is from Danbury Street, N1 8JY. The nearest station is Angel.
  • Saturday 17 March, 10am-3.30pm- Vegetation cutback and litter pick on the River Lee at Hardmead Lock. Meet us at Hardmead Lock, SG12 8LZ. The site is 1 mile south of Ware town centre and station via the River Lee Towpath.
  • Wednesday 21 March, 10am-3.30pm- Litter picking, vegetation cutback and preparing areas for painting on the Hanwell flight. Meet us at Lock 90 (Top Lock) off Havelock Road, UB2 4PL. The nearest station is Southall.
  • Wednesday 28 March, 10am-3.30pm- Painting, planting and vegetation management on the Regent’s Canal at City Road Lock. Meet us at City Road Lock, nearest access is from Danbury Street, N1 8JY. The nearest station is Angel. 

Mooring Rangers

We are looking for volunteers to help Gareth George and Alex Gudmestad our London mooring rangers.  If you enjoy meeting people and are looking for a flexible volunteer experience on London’s canals then this could be for you. We’re introducing mooring rangers at sites across London to provide a welcoming information service to mooring customers and record information about boats using our moorings. We’re looking for volunteers who can give a minimum of one hour a week (this could be on weekdays, the evening or at the weekend), with a friendly manner and enthusiasm for canals, boating and your local area.

Find out more about mooring ranger opportunities near you

If you are already volunteering with the Trust as a volunteer lock keeper or towpath ranger you might be interested in carrying out the mooring ranger role as part of your existing volunteering. If you would like to find out more about this please contact Debbie Vidler –

Camden, Regent's Canal

Hampstead Road Lock, Camden

Help look after London’s iconic locks

During March our Customer Operations Team will be carrying out their programme of six monthly lock maintenance on the Regent’s Canal, Hertford Union and Lower Lee and are looking for volunteers to help.  Planned Preventative Maintenance (known as PPM) is carried out regularly with the aim of keeping our locks in good working condition and identifying or preventing defects, a bit like getting your car serviced!  It involves a range of activities including greasing paddles, tightening bolts, adjusting lock collars, de-weeding the lock edge and gates, cleaning lock ladders and painting cill markers.  The team will be out most days in March, if you are interested in getting involved and would like to know more, including dates and locations please contact Amy Conway – 

Come and join the Towpath Ranger Team

This month Darren Starling, London’s towpath ranger, is looking for new people to join his fantastic team of volunteers helping to manage the growth in popularity of walking and cycling on London’s towpaths. The rangers help make sure our towpaths are an enjoyable place for everyone by being the Canal & River Trusts’ eyes and ears, attending and sometimes leading towpath events, promoting the Share the Space, Drop your Pace campaign, carrying out visitor counts, managing towpath signage, leading some towpath walks and doing the odd spot of towpath gardening and maintenance too!

Find out more about being a towpath ranger, opportunities near you and how to apply

Towpath Ranger Walks

If you would like a taste of the towpath ranger role why not join the team on one of their regular Thursday towpath patrols, led by lead towpath ranger Giles. Details of this months walks are below. Please meet at 11:00 to begin walking at 11:10 and dress for the weather including sturdy footwear and Canal & River Trust clothing if you have it. The walks typically take between one and a half and two and a half hours depending on the number of activities along the way which could include foliage cutting, graffiti removal, signage improvement and public engagement. If you haven’t been on a ranger walk before please contact Darren Starling – to let him know you will coming along.

  • Thursday 1 March - Old Ford Lock 8 (Regents) to Limehouse Marina
  • Thursday 8 March - Old Ford Lock 19 (Lee) to Tottenham Locks
  • Thursday 15 March - Limehouse Marina to Old Ford 19 (Lee)
  • Thursday 22 March - Ponders End Locks to Tottenham Locks
  • Thursday 29 March - Kingsland Basin to Limehouse Marina

Meet the volunteer

This month it’s the turn of Jennifer, volunteer lock keeper, towpath ranger and member of the Brentford archive team! Hear what she has to say about her volunteering experience in this video filmed at Brentford, and keep an eye out for the perfectly choreographed ducks!  If you would like to feature in a future 'meet the volunteer' please contact Linzi MacDonald -

More Dates for your Diary

Please click on the date for more information on these events:

  • Sunday 11 March – Friends of Slough Canal Great British Spring Clean
  • Sunday 25 March- Lower Regents Coalition- Canoe litter picks with Moo Canoes on the Regents Canal.
  • Saturday 28 April- Friends of Slough Canal- Big clean up on Slough Canal.
  • 5 -7 May – IWA Cavalcade Festival at Little Venice

About this blog

London volunteering team

Debbie Vidler is the volunteer development coordinator for London. She works with the London team to recruit and support volunteers and celebrates the amazing work they do. Every month she gives a roundup of volunteer events and opportunities coming up across London.

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