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News article created on 27 November 2015

Scout group adopt North Stratford Canal

Twenty-four local scouts have spent the day on the North Stratford Canal at Yardley Wood near Birmingham, helping us keep the waterway neat and tidy.

1st Billesley Scouts on the North Stratford Canal 1st Billesley Scouts on the North Stratford Canal

The group, from the 325th Birmingham, 1st Billesley Scouts, are all aged between six and 13 and have officially adopted the canal from Bridge 4 at Warstock Lane to Bridge 6 by School Road.

In their outing the scouts helped to remove leaves from the towpath, cut back overgrown trees and bushes, repaint a fence alongside the canal and cover over graffiti. As a thank you for their hard work the group were also given the chance to explore the canal by narrow boat.

Love an adventure

Sue Blocksidge, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “The scouts have done a really great job and they all worked really hard helping us to tidy up. Their enthusiasm is fantastic and we always look forward to them coming out on the canal where they are helping to make a huge difference.”

Group Scout Leader Lewis Hitchen, said: “Our scout group love an adventure and really enjoy being out on the canal. Helping to look after the canal is brilliant fun and we can already see an improvement in the stretch of canal we look after which is really great to see and just spurs us on to do even more.”