News article created on 30 September 2014

Reading canal adopted by local volunteers

We're pleased to announce that a team of volunteers has formally adopted a one and a half mile stretch of the Kennet & Avon Canal in Reading.

The group, called the East K&A Volunteer Group, began work this week under a scheme that encourages people to take ownership of their local waterways.

While we still own the canal and carry out essential year-round maintenance, the adoption group will help bring important added benefits such as towpath improvements, vegetation clearance and painting.

The volunteers will look after an area near Burghfield Island, including Burghfield Lock (no. 103) and Southcote Lock (no.104), with the team helping out once a month.

Improve the area

Steve Manzi, volunteer co-ordinator at the Canal & River Trust, said: “We’re delighted the volunteers have adopted this stretch of the Kennet & Avon Canal. They’re enthusiasm is fantastic and they’ll help to improve the area a huge amount. We want everyone to enjoy the waterways, and for local people and groups to take real ownership of them. This is a fantastic example of what can be achieved if people are given the chance to make their mark.”

Mike Bennett, lead volunteer for the East K&A Volunteer Group, said: ‘’This group consists of mainly members from the K&A Trust, Burghfield Island boat club and the general public and demonstrates our desire to fully support the Trust in the area. If you want to join us on this pleasant stretch of the canal please don’t hesitate to contact me on for details. You will be very welcome.’’

This is the fifth stretch of the K&A Canal to be adopted and the second in Berkshire, with work including recording wildlife habitats, lock painting, educational events and helping to combat anti-social behaviour, among others.

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