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News article created on 24 March 2015

£33,000 invested to improve Alperton canal towpath

The increasingly popular Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal in Alperton has been given a major boost, thanks to improvement works totalling £33,000.

A 500-metre stretch near Hazel Grove has benefitted from repaired sections of towpath, widened entrances, planting of a new landscaped area with native species and improved signage.

Work has been carried out by us with funding via Brent Council.

The project is set to be given a further boost this week, with our education team running classes for local schools, looking at the wildlife on the waterway and the best way to care for species such as swans, ducks and coots.

Local residents invited

On Saturday, 28 March we are inviting local residents to a community event that will see volunteers assembling bird boxes on the canal-side to encourage nesting sites for birds, as well as clearing litter.

Rosie Tharp, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “We’re seeing more and more people use the towpath in Alperton, so it’s great to have made these improvements, which we hope everyone is enjoying. It’s a really popular spot for families who to come to see the wildlife. It’s also a great route out of west London for walkers, runners and cyclists.

We’ve seen from other stretches that when we can invest time and money into improving them, there is a real benefit for the community, and we’re certainly keen to make more improvements in the future. The events taking place this week demonstrate the variety of things people can do when they visit the canal. I’d encourage anyone interested in helping us out on the weekend, to get in touch.”

For more information about the community event on 28 March please contact Deborah.vidler@canalrivertrust.org.uk