We look after a stretch of the canal from Diglis to Perdiswell, about a mile long in total. We’ve been going three years now and have over 70 members.
At least 20 of us will be out working on the last Saturday of each month. We get help from local resident groups to pick up litter and every three months we use the Canal & River Trust’s volunteer boat to help get to places we can’t reach from the towpath.
We’re not confined to just litter collection though. We’ve held a canal festival with the help of the Worcester, Birmingham and Droitwich Canal Society. Everyone enjoyed the weekend, it was full of boats, music and craft stalls. We’re planning another one for next year too.
We’ve recruited local experts to lead wildlife walks, as there’s huge array of wildlife out on the canal. It’s great for people to come and sit and just observe all the flora and fauna. One of our future projects is to work alongside a huge range of local organisations to help improve conditions along the water for all the wildlife.
A number of the group artists, and this has enabled us to create murals under a number of bridges. We’ve even installed a sculpture.
Hopefully it shows that we are not only keeping our stretch clean and tidy, but also helping to improve it so that everyone in the community can benefit.