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News article created on 20 November 2012

Come along to our Kennet & Avon Canal open day

Heritage and nature lovers are being encouraged to attend an open day on the banks of the Kennet & Avon Canal in Bath on Tuesday 27 November.

If you are a nature lover, interested in ecology, environmentalism, history or you just like the canal, there is something for everyone to get their teeth into. Rob Labus

This autumn the Trust began work to improve the towpath from Widcombe bottom lock to Darlington Wharf, with bulbs and shrubs planted to ensure a year-round food supply is available to local wildlife, giving a boost to bees, butterflies and bats.

Tours to showcase the work to date will be led by existing volunteers. There will also be a guided tour of the city’s new history trail, which was installed by volunteers and launched last week by the Trust.

The event is being run to mark #GivingTuesday a world-wide event that celebrates the work of charities.

Company and fresh air

Rob Labus, volunteer co-ordinator at the Canal & River Trust, said: “We want people to come to our open day and find out more about the project we are doing in Bath and how they might want to get involved.

“We have volunteers of all ages currently helping us. If you are retired, it is a great way to use your professional skills to help some fantastic projects. For younger people it is an excellent way to build your work experience. Others join us just to enjoy the company and fresh air.

“We also have people whose donations have been vital to funding some of our work in and around the city.

“If you are a nature lover, interested in ecology, environmentalism, history or you just like the canal, there is something for everyone to get their teeth into. And the open day is a great way to find out more about the opportunities to support us.”

The open day will run at 10am at Lock 11 on the Bath Flight, off Pulteny Gardens (BA2 4HG), with tours available throughout the day.