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News article created on 25 June 2014

Could you help clean up London's canals?

This Friday we're inviting residents of Hackney to help brighten and clean up around the Kingsland Road basin, by blitzing the towpath and clearing floating litter. Volunteers will be rewarded at the end of two hours with a screening of two iconic canal films and free popcorn.

The clean-up will take place between 5pm to 7pm and volunteers will meet at The Proud Archivist at 10 Hertfort Road N1 SET. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their friends and colleagues along. All tools and equipment will be provided and volunteers should wear old clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty and hard-soled shoes (no flip flops!).

The work is part of our summer volunteering project, which will take place across London’s canal network. These monthly events are aimed at encouraging people to come out after work, meet new friends and get their hands dirty while helping to protect some of London’s most important industrial heritage and wildlife habitat. 

Events include: 

  • Free Paddle boarding and yoga after litter picking on the Paddington Basin W2 1JZ  in West London on Tuesday 22 July 6- 8pm
  • Canoe litter picking followed by free barbeque at Lime house Basin  E14 7JZ in East London on  Wednesday 27 August  6 – 8pm
  • Bulb planting and seed sewing followed by a free boat trip at City Road Lock  N1 8JY in North London in September (date and time to be confirmed)
  • Spook Ghost Walk and Halloween Treats at  Little Venice Paddington W2 6NE in West London on Friday 31 October 6- 8pm

Debbie Vidler, volunteer co-ordinator for the Canal & River Trust in London says: “We want to provide easy fun opportunities for people to turn up after work and do something useful over the summer. No previous experience is needed and it is an opportunity to meet other Londoners and to socialise in a new way. One event a month can make a dent, but regular volunteer efforts will make a real difference to the thousands of people that use and love London’s canals.”

For more details about the event please contact Becky Williams on 07799 436 816