Winter works for our environment team

This winter we’re spending £38 million on repairing our waterways to keep them open and accessible to everyone. Almost every different team from the Trust gets involved with the work in some way.

We followed ecologist Tom King to find out how he makes sure our waterway environment is protected throughout our winter repair programme and series of open days

Tom's day

Sometimes we need to chop back trees to get access to a site. Our environment team make sure we don’t damage them when this happens.

Ecologist Tom King looks at a tree Rochdale Canal

We need to keep an eye on the type of litter that gets pulled from the canal during repair work to make sure it hasn’t polluted the water, potentially damaging wildlife.

Tom King looks at Rubbish on a boat Rochdale Canal

We need to remove any plants that can cause damage to lock gates, while making sure that any of the non-damaging plants are protected.

Ecologist Tom King looks at plants on lock gates Rochdale Canal

When we drain the locks there can be sediment at the bottom, which we need to remove. We need to test it to ensure it is not going to be harmful to our staff and can be disposed of safely.

Tom King uses a bucket to test sediment Rochdale Canal

We often get a diverse selection of unusual plants growing from within our walls and locks. We try to protect these areas and only remove a minimal amount of them.

Ecologist Tom King looks at a wall Rochdale Canal

Reed beds are an important wildlife habitat so we work hard to protect them and move as little as possible.

Ecologist Tom King looks at reeds Rochdale Canal

Last date edited: 12 January 2018