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Local community helps create canal nature trail

On Saturday 1 November people living in Smethwick, West Midlands spent the day helping to tidy up their local canal in an effort to create a community garden along the historic Birmingham Main Line Canal.

The group helped to remove several bags of rubbish from bushes and shrubs along the Galton Valley Nature Trail which, if left, would have ended up being blown into the canal causing problems for wildlife.

Thanks to the efforts of this trusty band of volunteers, who donate their time once a month to help plant trees and shrubs and help put up bird and bat boxes, the nature trail is slowly being transformed into a wildlife haven.

Secret garden

Murray Woodward, volunteer coordinator for the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Galton Valley Nature Trail is a really beautiful part of the waterways and often you can spot bluebells and early summer raspberries poking through the trees and bushes.

"The local community have been great in helping to transform this stretch of canal into a secret garden but there is still a plenty of jobs to be done so if anyone is free and can lend a hand please get in touch.”

Last Edited: 05 November 2014

photo of a location on the canals
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