The region tops the table for time spent helping to care for historic canals and rivers.
Community spirited volunteers in the East Midlands have donated more time helping to transform their local waterways over the past twelve months than in any other part of the country.
Volunteers and partner groups put in over 44,000 hours over the course of the last financial year – the equivalent of one person working for more than 23 years.
Some of the highlights included:
Wayne Ball, volunteer development coordinator for the Canal & River Trust said; “The people of the East Midlands have really stepped up to the plate in the past twelve months and helped to make a big difference to the region’s waterways.
“It shows just how much people in this part of the country value their local waterways and want to help keep them special. We’re now working with a wide variety of people including community groups, canal societies, local businesses and even schools, Scout groups and Girl Guides on a whole host of different tasks, it’s fantastic. Some groups have even adopted their local stretch which is brilliant.
“We’d like to thank each and every person that’s helped us and we look forward to continuing the great work over the next twelve months. Hopefully we can get more people involved in helping to care for and promote their local waterways.”