Darcy Spillcare, a leading provider of pollution control products, manufactures the white polypropylene booms in their Birkenhead factory and has passed on 800 metres to us to help protect the region's beautiful inland waterways.
The booms, which look like long white socks, float on the water surface to contain oil and diesel spills, helping us to clean up water in the event of a pollution incident.
Keeping our waters clean and healthy
Louie Ramsden, our environmental scientist, said: “We are very grateful for this gift, which will help in our charitable work to keep our canal water clean and healthy for the benefit of wildlife and the communities who love spending time by the water.
“The main threat is pollution from discharges, particularly in urban areas, and fuel leaks from boats using the waterways. When spillages occur, it's very important for us to try to contain the pollution before it can spread further, reducing the damage it can cause to the ecology of the canal. Responding to pollution incidents costs the Trust tens of thousands of pounds every year in staff time and equipment. So this donation will give us a significant boost over the coming year and allow more resources to be invested in beneficial activities, like enhancing the biodiversity of our wonderful blue/green corridors.”