News article created on 2 December 2014

Community group spruces up the Oxford Canal

Volunteers from the Banbury Canal Partnership have been busy sprucing up a stretch of the historic Oxford Canal.

The group cut back overgrown vegetation and cleared litter from the towpath along the canal near Cropredy. They also repainted Nell Bridge lock near Aynho, South of Banbury.

Miriam Tedder, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “The volunteers from the Banbury Canal Partnership have done a great job since they started volunteering along the waterways in the spring. So far they’ve painted lock gates, filled in pot holes, cut back overgrown bushes and shrubs and removed litter; and they’ve done a great job in helping us to keep the canal looking neat and tidy.”

Jenny Saunders from the Banbury Canal Partnership, adds: “I live near the Oxford Canal so I have a real local connection to this wonderfully rural waterway. It’s great to be able to help look after the canal and do something worthwhile that the whole community can enjoy and benefit from.”