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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
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Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Old Ford Lock on the River Lee in Hackney Wick was given a vital deep clean last week, thanks to a team of a dozen local volunteers who joined us to transform the stretch.
The location is a natural gathering point for debris as it is the final lock on the River before the River Thames.
A floating conveyor belt helped to scoop the litter from the water, while volunteers also gathered rubbish from the towpath, including at a nearby bird nesting site.
We are keen to continue regular tidy-ups at the lock in order to keep it in top condition. If you are interested in helping please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandile Mthiyane, our volunteer leader, who ran the clean-up operation, said: "We’re really grateful to the volunteers who turned out to help us, as a charity we need this type of support if we are to keep the river in the best possible condition. If we get help on projects like this, it also frees up more time for us to focus on other improvements in the area too. This stretch of the River Lee is really popular, with lots of boaters, runners and people using it as a route to get to the Olympic Park or Hackney Wick, so we want it looking great. As the last lock on the Lee, it does tend to act as a natural barrier and gathering point for floating debris that drifts down the waterway. You can see the difference a few extra pairs of hands can make, so if you are keen to get involved then get in touch."
Interested in volunteering with us? Visit here for more information about how you can get involved.
Pollington Lock gate replacement works enter final phase
22 February 2018
Boost for rare aquatic plants on Montgomery Canal
21 February 2018
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018