People in Kintbury are being called on to get involved in their local waterway, with a volunteering taster day being held in the town to get more residents active in caring for the historic Kennet & Avon Canal.
The event on 10 December will showcase the kinds of things people can do to support the waterway, and give prospective volunteers the chance to pitch in with a range of activities including building wildlife habitats and enhancing a picnic area by the canal.
At over 200 years old, the Kennet & Avon Canal was originally an industrial route built to connect the River Thames with the River Avon. Having fallen into decline after the canal’s closure, it was restored by volunteers, and today is a popular route with boaters, walkers and cyclists, as well as a haven for wildlife. Volunteers still play a vital part in keeping the waterway special in a variety of roles, from volunteer lock keeping to helping out with restoration projects.
Max Ward, volunteer leader at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Volunteers make a huge contribution to the smooth running of the Kennet & Avon Canal, and groups up and down the waterway are coming out regularly to help us keep it in the best shape possible. Kintbury is a great example of an area where there’s lots to do and we could really do with more people getting involved.
“The idea of the event next week is to show people the range of things that volunteers get up to, and to spruce up an area by the canal that needs some TLC at the same time. The canal really does reflect the community around it, and whether you can give a little time or a lot we’d love to see you.”
The event will be from 10am to 3pm at Kintbury Lock. Anyone wishing to take part is asked to wear sturdy footwear and weatherproof clothing. All tools and equipment will be provided.