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News article created on 2 August 2016

Scouts help charity look after Stratford canal

Scouts from the first Stratford Scout group, have been out and about along the canal in Stratford Upon Avon helping to spruce up the waterways as part of its ‘A Million Hands’ initiative.

Stratford scout group

Working with the Trust, the Scouts, who are aged between 10 and 14, have been busy painting lock gates, removing overgrown weeds from the towpath and helping to keep the towpath neat and tidy.

All the materials used by the Scouts for this project were purchased thanks to funding from Tesco’s ‘Bag for Life’ campaign. The scheme which uses the proceeds generated from the sale of carrier bags in stores, donates the money raised to good causes to create or improve green spaces in communities.

The work reflects the Scout’s commitment to carry out a range of practical improvements and enhancements, which are focused around health and wellbeing of local people living on or nearby the canal.

Positive impact

Steve Lambert, from the Trust, said "The Scouts have really made an improvement to this part of the canal and I hope local people notice the difference they’ve made and enjoy being out along the waterways. Often it’s the small things that make the biggest impact, and having somewhere nice to visit, where you’re surrounded by greenery and nature, can really brighten up someone’s day and make a positive impact on their life."

Lucy Mather, from the 1st Stratford Scout group, said "The Scouts love being out on the canal and getting stuck into a project and it’s great to know that what we do can make a difference. The Million Hands initiative is about making practical improvement to boost the wellbeing of local people, and with the work we’re doing, I hope more local people visit the canals and escape, just for a few moments, the busyness of everyday life."