News article created on 20 July 2016

Charity seeks volunteers to help look after the canal

A team of local volunteers is on the look-out for more recruits, to help look after the 200 year old Lancaster Canal in Preston.

Boat moored in front of bridge on Lancaster Canal Lancaster Canal

The team support the work of the Trust, and they meet once a month and do a variety of different tasks on the canal in Preston.  The next events are on the 20 July and 17 August.  

Towpath Taskforce

The work is part of the Trust’s Towpath Taskforce volunteering project, which encourages people to come out, get their hands dirty and help protect some of the region’s most important wildlife habitats and public open space. The Taskforce provides regular volunteering opportunities for local communities which, as well as benefitting our canals and rivers, also create memorable and rewarding experiences for everyone who takes part. 

The teams meet regularly and are aimed at encouraging more community ownership of and pride in local waterways. Projects include painting lock gates, improving access to the towpath, clearing overgrown vegetation, cleaning up litter and graffiti and helping wildlife.

Jodie Weathers, from the Canal & River Trust, said: "We’re so grateful to all our volunteers who give up their time to help us improve the canal in Preston. We want to make sure it is in the best condition and the more people we have, the more we can get done. It’s really rewarding and you’ll also get the chance to meet new friends, get out and about in the fresh air and make a difference to your local community.

"You don’t need any special skills, just some enthusiasm and a can do attitude and we welcome people young and old to our volunteering events so you can involve the entire family."

More information on how you can get involved in volunteering