The team carried out the job on Friday, 20 March, at the Lark Row Community Gardens, which are adjacent to the canal. With Buddleia – often referred to as the Butterfly Bush - starting to overgrow on the garden railings that overlook the waterway, the volunteers requested help from the Trust's boat crew to cross the water and get to work.
Removal of the Buddleia is needed because if left to grow on masonry its roots can extend into cracks and spaces in brickwork, potentially causing significant structural damage.
Rebecca Williams, our volunteer team leader, said: “It was great to get together with a community group that wants to look after their local section of canal. Together we had a fun day improving what would have otherwise become a bit of an eyesore.
This is a great example of the work volunteers do to help us improve the capital's canals, and particularly helpful as we head into the spring.”