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Scouts help us look after Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire

Scouts from the 1st Middleton Scout Group have been out on the towpath at Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire, assisting us spruce up the Grand Union Canal to ensure that it is a great place for local people to visit .

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Working with us the young people, who are aged between 10 and 14, have been busy painting lock gates and fences and cutting back overgrown bushes along the towpath as part of The Scout Association's A Million Hands initiative. This valuable work helps us care for the waterways and keep them looking neat and tidy for the thousands of visitors who enjoy a visit to the waterways in Northamptonshire every year.

Emily Nicolas, 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. Together we've worked hard to ensure that local people have an amazing canal to visit. Being surrounded by greenery and nature can really make a difference and brighten up someone's day."

Samantha Bradford, from the 1st Middleton 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 A 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 business of everyday life."

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Last Edited: 23 May 2017

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