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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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The Lincoln Sea Cadets have seized an opportunity to improve Lincoln’s waterways by joining our ‘Adopt a Canal’ initiative.
The cadets have adopted a section of the River Witham between Brayford Pool and Stamp End, as well as Brayford Pool up to the Pyewipe and have set about making improvements along these popular stretches.
The group improving their stretch by cutting back vegetation, removing litter, cleaning off graffiti and improving the overall appearance of the canal.
Lincoln Sea Cadet instructor, Chris Wood, says: “We can use the experience we’ve built up being on the waterways to look out for any issues and carry out improvements where we can to support the Trust. We aim to build confidence, cultivate skills, promote community and help change lives and this scheme can help with our aims.
“We’ve carried out an inspection of the canal already and identified areas we think could do with some improvements. Ultimately this is about improving the waterways for local people and visitors to the area. In doing so, we hope that people will join us in taking more pride in our local community.
Wayne Ball, volunteer supervisor for the Canal & River Trust’s East Midlands area adds: “We’re very grateful to the Lincoln Sea Cadets for joining our canal adoption scheme. They’ve got a lot of enthusiasm to make the waterways better and it’s great to see the young people out on the water getting involved.
“I can’t stress enough how important local communities are to the canals’ future and we hope this will encourage others to get involved. Millions of people use our waterways each year as a fantastic way of getting a free, relaxing escape and it is this kind of support that keeps them coming back.”
Find out more about Waterway Adoptions
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