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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Volunteers from Sutton Parish Council are working with us to help protect water quality on the Macclesfield Canal to ensure a healthy eco system for plants, fish and wildlife.
When surface water from rainfall runs off into the canal system, it can carry pollutants including oils, chemicals and silt which all affect water quality.
Unlicensed outlets into the canal are also a significant issue for the environmental management of the canal network and it is vital that we monitor what is being discharged into the canal.
The volunteers are carrying out a survey of the canal, identifying the pipes and drains which discharge into the canal and noting whether there are any signs of pollution.
The volunteers are a working party from the Sutton Parish Plan Steering Group – one of several groups set up following the publication of the Parish Plan, focussing on improving the local environment through volunteers.
The data is then being mapped by the environmental team, who will then follow up any potential pollution hazards.
The information will also be used by our utilities team who manage agreements with adjacent land owners and wish to discharge surface water into the canal system, generating income for our Trust.
Environmental scientist, Louie Ramsden said: “Our canals and waterways are havens for plants and animals and it is essential that we look after the water quality to safeguard their survival.
“Although this is not a new problem, until now we have been short of resources to tackle it. Now with the help of Sutton Parish Council volunteers we have been able to carry out this work to help us safeguard the water quality of the Macclesfield Canal.”
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal
Gender pay gap statement published
8 March 2018
We're announcing changes to boat licensing
6 March 2018