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News article created on 4 October 2013

Volunteers needed in Devizes

Will you help us to look after Wiltshire’s historic Kennet & Avon Canal by joining our monthly Towpath Taskforce volunteering team?

It is a beautiful place to spend a day but we do need help to keep it in the condition it deserves, as well as improving it further in the future. Robert Labus

The Towpath Taskforce team encourages people to come out, get their hands dirty and help protect some of the most important heritage and wildlife habitats along the canal. 

The Taskforce meets every third Thursday of the month, at Caen Hill Lock Flight and works from 10am-3pm. The meeting place is Caen Hill pay and display car park (postcode SN10 1RF). Tools and equipment are provided and we ask that volunteers wear protective footwear if possible.

Recent projects completed by the Taskforce include planting wildflowers, clearing overgrowth on the Diamond Jubilee Woodland, painting the locks and cutting back overhanging vegetation from the towpath.

Improving it for the future 

Robert Labus, volunteer co-ordinator for the Canal & River Trust, says: “The Kennet & Avon Canal is one of the most popular waterways anywhere in the country. It is a beautiful place to spend a day but we do need help to keep it in the condition it deserves, as well as improving it further in the future.

“Volunteering with the Towpath Taskforce is a great way to meet other volunteers and learn about the wildlife, history and day-to-day happenings along the canal. We want to see the community take real ownership of the canal. Volunteers don’t need to have any experience, they just need to be willing to get stuck in. And the more people that join us, the more work we can do.”

More details are available from www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/towpathtaskforce.