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News article created on 28 September 2015

Volunteers take to canoes to clean up Greenford canal

Two motor-scooters and 40 bags of rubbish were collected by a team of local volunteers using canoes to clean-up the Grand Union Canal in Greenford on Saturday, 26 September.

Volunteer with the Canal & River Trust Volunteer with the Canal & River Trust

The team from Greenford Delta – who are on the lookout for more recruits – joined forces with Ealing Canoe Club and the Canal & River Trust to complete the work. 

Twenty-four people took to the canoes and towpath to help keep the increasingly popular stretch between Horsenden Hill in Perivale and the Black Horse pub in top condition.

Litter Flotillas

Greenford Delta spokesperson, John Kane, said: "We were really pleased to have teamed up with Louise Heather and the Canoe Club for this event.  The sight of those canoes on the water focused everyone’s attention on the main attraction which is this beautiful stretch of canal. We hope this is just the first of many Litter Flotillas. Thanks must also go to the Black Horse pub at Greenford for their hospitality."

Debbie Vidler, Canal & River Trust volunteer development co-ordinator, added: “It’s brilliant that John and his team have taken such a proactive approach to keeping this stretch of the canal in good condition. Getting out in the canoes is certainly a fun way to collect litter, and it does so much to help us improve the canal. Volunteers work so hard on the canal and we’re always happy to support them in any way we can.”