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News article created on 3 January 2018

People in Alperton urged to join 'Towpath Taskforce' to improve Grand Union Canal

Alperton residents are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and help improve their local canal this new year.

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We're on the lookout for volunteers to join our Towpath Taskforce – a regular group that gets out by the water to clear vegetation, tidy the towpath and paint bridges.

Taskforce volunteers will be supported by our staff, who want to spruce up the waterway so it’s in top condition for the thousands of boaters, walkers, runners and cyclists who use it.

There is an event on Saturday, 6 January, that will include a litter pick and tidying up vegetation. Our staff will be meeting volunteers on the towpath behind Sainbury’s (HA0 1PF) at 10am, with the day running till 3pm.

Jack Newman, our volunteer leader, says: "The Grand Union Canal is a really unique place, a bit of an antidote to the busy streets of the city. We want to keep it in top condition and as a charity we rely on local people’s support to do this. It’s amazing how much can be achieved when people help us out. Volunteering with us is a great way to get outdoors, do some physical work in a nice location, and meet like-minded people. So if you are looking for a challenge this new year, then do come and join us."

No experience is required to join the Towpath Taskforce, you just need to be willing to get stuck in. Please wear old clothes appropriate for the weather conditions (e.g. waterproof jacket, warm layers) and sturdy footwear or wellies.