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News article created on 17 July 2013

Volunteers needed to paint Sturt's lock in Islington

This Saturday we're inviting Londoners to help give Sturt’s Lock on the Regent’s Canal in Islington a new lick of paint to make it shipshape for the summer.

The sun’s shining and there’s no better way to enjoy the summer than by spending some time by the canal! Debbie Vidler

The lock painting will take place in the morning between 10am and 12.30pm, and in the afternoon between 1.30pm and 4pm at Sturt’s Lock, N1 7BL (nearest bridges Packington Square Bridge and New North Road). Everyone's welcome and all tools and equipment will be provided. Please wear old clothes that you don't mind getting paint on.

The work is part of our Towpath Taskforce volunteering project, which encourages people to come out, get their hands dirty and help protect some of the Greater London’s most important industrial heritage and wildlife habitat. The Taskforce provides regular volunteering opportunities and aims to bring significant benefits to waterside communities and the canals and rivers that flow through them.

Enjoy the sun 

The teams meet regularly and are open to all ages and abilities, so people can take on more ownership of their local waterway. Projects include painting lock gates, improving access to the towpath, clearing overgrown vegetation, cleaning up litter and graffiti and helping wildlife by building nest and bat boxes and planting reed beds.

Debbie Vidler, volunteer co-ordinator for the Canal & River Trust in London says: “The sun’s shining and there’s no better way to enjoy the summer than by spending some time by the canal!  I hope that people come along and pick up a paint brush to help give Sturt’s Lock a fresh look and enjoy some time by the water.

“We want to provide easy opportunities for people to turn up to with no previous experience, meet existing volunteers and learn about other opportunities to get involved. One event a year can make a dent, but regular volunteer efforts will make a real difference to the thousands of people that use and visit them each week.”

For more details about the event please contact Becky Williams on 07799 436 816 or call 0303 040 4040.