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News article created on 8 September 2016

Trust seeks volunteer towpath rangers near Bradford

The Trust wants to recruit new volunteers to welcome visitors to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal around Apperley Bridge, near Bradford.

Group of volunteers on canal towpath Volunteer with the Canal & River Trust

We are keen to recruit a new team of towpath rangers who would help visitors enjoy the waterway. It would be their job to provide friendly help and guidance on the local area and encourage all visitors – cyclists, joggers, anglers – to ‘share the space' in a considerate manner.

Volunteers play a vital role in our work to promote the canal network and engage with visitors. This year the Leeds & Liverpool Canal celebrates its 200th anniversary and the focus on the bicentenary has generated more visitors to the popular waterway, the longest single man-made canal in Britain.

Friendly presence

Matt Taylor, the North West volunteer coordinator with the Trust, explained: "We are looking for people with a few spare hours each week who are enthusiastic about their local area and enjoy talking to people. We want the towpath ranger team to provide a friendly presence, promoting the Towpath Code and Share the Space guidelines, discouraging anti-social behaviour and responding to customer enquiries. We don’t expect volunteers to have an expert knowledge of the canal. Full training will be given.

"This is a great way to meet new people and play a valuable role in helping visitors enjoy themselves. If you enjoy being in the outdoors, there are few pleasanter places to be than by our wonderful waterways."

To find out more contact Matt Taylor by emailing matthew.taylor@canalrivertrust.org.uk or the Canal & River Trust volunteering team can be contacted via telephone on 0303 040 4040 from Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays).