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Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
On Tuesday 18 June we are inviting Londoners to help paint Norwood Top Lock, part of the Hanwell Flight of locks in Ealing. Built in 1795, Hanwell Flight is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and one of the most important sites on London’s waterways.
Hanwell Flight is one of the jewels in the crown of London’s canals
Debbie Vidler, volunteer co-ordinator
The lock painting will take place between 10am and 3.30pm at Norwood Top Lock (lock 90) near the corner of Havelock Road and Glade Lane in Southall. The nearest railway station is Southall. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their friends along. All tools and equipment will be provided and volunteers should wear old clothes that they don’t mind getting paint on.
The work is part of the Trust’s Towpath Taskforce volunteering project, which encourages people to come out, get their hands dirty and help protect some of the Greater London’s most important industrial heritage and wildlife habitat. The Taskforce provides regular volunteering opportunities and aims to bring significant benefits to waterside communities and the canals and rivers that flow through them.
The teams meet regularly and are open to all ages and abilities, so people can take on more ownership of their local waterway. Projects include painting lock gates, improving access to the towpath, clearing overgrown vegetation, cleaning up litter and graffiti and helping wildlife by building nest and bat boxes and planting reed beds.
Debbie Vidler, volunteer co-ordinator for the Canal & River Trust in London says: “Hanwell Flight is one of the jewels in the crown of London’s canals. Come along on Tuesday and help us give Norwood Top Lock the makeover it deserves. It’s great to be great to have the opportunity to improve such an important site and support the work of the Friends of Hanwell Flight to take care of the area.
“We want to provide easy opportunities for people to turn up to with no previous experience, meet existing volunteers and learn about other opportunities to get involved. One event a year can make a dent, but regular volunteer efforts will make a real difference to the thousands of people that use and visit them each week.”
For more details about the event, volunteers can contact Becky Williams on 07799 436 816, visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk or call 0303 040 4040.
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