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News article created on 16 October 2014

Aylesbury residents help tackle 'bloomin' Canal

A team of Aylesbury residents spent a day out on the canal at the weekend planting 200 daffodil bulbs whilst also helping to spruce up a popular stretch of waterway.

The volunteers are part of the regular team who donate their time to help us keep the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal looking its best. The group meet on the second Saturday every month and carry out various tasks to keep the canal looking lovely for the many boaters, walkers and cyclists who visit this stretch of the waterway.

As well as planting daffodils the team, who spent all of Saturday out on the towpath, helped to paint fences and wash off graffiti from one of the lock gates.

Nice colour along the canal

Miriam Tedder, volunteer leader at the Canal & River Trust, said: “The team worked really hard over the weekend and have made a real difference to the way the canal looks. We planted a lot of daffodil bulbs alongside locks 15 and 16 so hopefully in the spring they will come up and give some nice colour along the canal that everyone can enjoy.”

Andy Turnbull-Ross, local resident and volunteer, said: “We had a great time out on the canal this weekend and enjoy helping to make a difference to our local area.  The planting was relatively straight-forward and so, for an extra bit of fun, we spelled C.R.T. (for the Canal & River Trust) with the bulbs so, fingers crossed, in the spring we should have a great display along the canal.”