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News article created on 4 May 2016

Volunteers help transform canal in Chester

A group of volunteers have swapped the world of banking for the world of canal banks to transform a stretch of the Shropshire Union Canal in Chester.

Volunteers from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Volunteers from Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Volunteers from the Chester office of Bank of America Merrill Lynch have helped to clean up the towpath and install angling pegs along the canal at Blacon.

We've been working with the people of Blacon to encourage more of the community to use their local canal. The 20 angling pegs were made by the blacksmith in Ellesmere Yard and young members from the local community helped paint the pegs as part of a project to set up a new angling club.

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch are one of our ‘corporate adopters’ and regularly work on the stretch of the Shropshire Union Canal in Chester.

Terrific resource on our doorstep

Ani Sutton, development and engagement manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “The community are absolutely over the moon with the work the volunteers have done. We’ve been working with the Bank of America Merrill Lynch for over a year now and have a number of projects planned. 

“What’s great about this project is that the idea has come straight from the local community. Canals and rivers are a terrific resource to have on our doorstep and we only hope more people follow the lead of groups like this community and corporate partners like Bank of America Merrill Lynch in caring for their local waterway.

“Our time and money is spent on major priority repairs like repairing locks, bridges, aqueducts and towpaths, so the work of our amazing volunteer groups is essential and brings huge and equally vital benefits.”