News article created on 8 May 2018

Help needed to care for canals in Walsall

A group of local people have rolled their sleeves up and helped us to make canals in Walsall cleaner, more attractive places for the local community.

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Volunteers from Walsall College and Muslim Community Association joined forces to help us clear litter from Walsall’s flight of locks and the town’s canal basin.

Working with us, the volunteers, joined by a local resident, helped to remove 20 bags of rubbish from the canal and towpath. The team even boarded one of our workboats to clear litter from places which are difficult to reach by land.

The Trust is now appealing for members of the public to join in with the clean-ups and form a regular Towpath Taskforce to ensure that the canals remain welcoming places for people and wildlife. Further taskforce events are planned to take place on 23 May and 6 June with locations for each due to be confirmed.

The taskforce events are intended to be drop-in sessions with no ongoing time commitment and those taking part can help with painting, clearing vegetation and tidying the towpath. People can give as much or as little time as they can with the Trust providing all tools and equipment, together with expert friendly support.

Barry Keight, volunteer leader for the Canal & River Trust said: "Walsall’s Canals are really important places for local people as they offer a place to keep active, clear their heads and get away from it all.

"As a charity we’re really grateful for the support of Walsall College and Muslim Community Association. By rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in they’ve helped to improve the canals for local people.

"It’s important that we continue their great work so the canals stay special and so we’re appealing for more local people to come forward and lend us a hand.

"The real beauty of joining a Towpath Taskforce is that they’re completely flexible. There’s no ongoing time commitment, people can join us once a month or just as much as their lifestyle allows. It’s also a great opportunity to get outdoors, meet people and make a difference to your local environment so we’re really looking forward to welcoming people along."