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News article created on 2 November 2015

Volunteers help spruce up Birmingham canal

Volunteers working for international consultancy and construction company Mace, have spent a day helping to give the canal in central Birmingham an autumnal tidy up.

Volunteers painting a wall Volunteers from Mace

The volunteers painted over graffiti that had been daubed on a bridge near the Barclaycard Arena, as well as cutting back overgrown shrubs and weeds from alongside the towpath.

Sue Blocksidge, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “The group worked hard and really got stuck in to helping us spruce up the canal. It’s a real shame that some people think it’s ok to graffiti the city’s historic canals but, thanks to the volunteers’ efforts, the area looks so much more inviting to people and boaters that visit and I really hope it stays looking this good.”

Remarkable transformation

Stephen Jones, from Mace, added: “The Mace team found volunteering a thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable experience. Thankfully the sun shone and the weather was very kind to us. The transformation after just one day was remarkable and the team took great pride in clearing and tidying the towpaths local to our office. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the team at the Canal & River Trust for providing us with an excellent programme of activities.”