We're calling for visitors to take more pride in their local waterways after volunteers from a canoe club cleared a bumper amount of litter.
We're making the appeal after a team from Anker Valley Canoe Club, which is based at Hartshill, filled three open canoes - over 15 bags -with rubbish removed from the water. Amongst the haul was a large amount of plastic bottles which can cause problems for wildlife.
Anker Valley Canoe Club is affiliated to British Canoeing and its members, aged from 7 to 70, use the canal regularly for recreation and training. The club has been using this section of the canal since the 1980's with members of the club selected to represent Great Britain over the years.
Each spring members of the club paddle along a two mile stretch of the canal between Hartshill and Nuneaton to remove litter which has found its way into the canal.
Simon Ricketts from the Anker Valley Canoe Club said: “This year there seemed to be much more litter than in previous years which is really sad.
“As regular users of the canal we want to make sure that we play our part in maintaining its upkeep and natural beauty by giving some time to help remove the litter. People need to realise that the canal is an asset for everyone and that by carelessly dumping their rubbish they’re spoiling it for everyone else.”