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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The Shropshire Union Canal near Market Drayton is to benefit from a ground-breaking partnership between us and HM Prison Service.
We will be working closely with HMP Stoke Heath, an adult male training prison near Market Drayton, to provide vocational training opportunities on the canal towpath at Tyrley Locks to help prisoners close to release gain valuable work experience.
The prison has formally ‘adopted’ a one mile length of the canal, in response to our national appeal to encourage community groups to get more involved in caring for their local canal. There are currently more than 170 adoption groups nationwide involving a wide range of organisations, from schools and businesses to running clubs and Scout groups.
Jason Watts, our volunteer coordinator said: "This is a win-win arrangement for everyone. The canal and towpath will be kept in tip top condition around Tyrley Locks which is a very picturesque, popular spot on the Shropshire Union Canal. Society and the prisoners themselves also benefit as the canal provides a real life public environment where prisoners, who are nearing the end of their terms, can gain valuable vocational skills, improving their job prospects when they leave.
"The prisoners will be fully supervised at all times. Tasks will include vegetation management, grass cutting, litter picking, painting fences, huts and lock gates, and towpath repairs."
Gary McManus, a prison officer at HMP Stoke Heath, explained: "We want to reassure the public that any prisoners taking part in the scheme will have undergone a rigorous risk assessment beforehand. They will all be near the end of their sentence and eligible for release and will have volunteered for work.
"Stoke Heath runs a wide range of vocational courses which prepare prisoners for making a success of their lives once they leave prison. We are delighted to be working with the Canal & River Trust to make a real contribution to upgrading the canal environment around Tyrley Locks. Our prisoners will gain immensely from the experience and visitors will have the pleasure of walking along a clean and tidy canal towpath."
Stoke Heath prisoners will be working on the canal an average of three days a week, depending on demand.
We are hoping to get a quarter of our canal network (500 miles) adopted by community groups by 2025. A map of available locations, usually about one mile in length, is available here at adopt a canal. Check it out for more information about adopting, donating or volunteering or call the customer services team on 0303 040 4040.
Adopt a canal
We’re helping local community groups to adopt a stretch of waterway – and it’s making positive changes in communities right across the country. Come and find out more here.
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
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