We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Towpath Taskforce

Would you like to meet new people and make a difference to your local canal? Our volunteer Towpath Taskforce teams could be just the thing you're looking for. Join us and do your bit for the Great British Spring Clean this March.

Volunteers take a break from painting Atherstone Locks Towpath Taskforce volunteers

Towpath Taskforce is ideal if you want to volunteer on your local canal or river, but need the flexibility to fit that volunteering around a busy lifestyle. This way you can come along whenever you’re free, whether that’s once a month or more regularly.

What to expect from Towpath Taskforce

Tasks vary on a regular basis and can include lock-painting, hedge-planting, weeding gardens, litter-clearance from land and water, repairing towpaths and more - depending on what’s most needed in that area.

On arrival you’ll be greeted by the Taskforce leader who will run through what’s to be done that day, assign tasks and demonstrate the safe use of any equipment. They’ll help make sure the task is suited to your ability and be on hand throughout the session to provide help, advice and the all-important tea and biscuits.

The Great British Spring Clean

This national campaign has one simple ambition: to bring together people from across the country to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline. We're proud to be playing a part in this through our Towpath Taskforce teams.

Be prepared

  • Do let us know you are coming in advance, so we can look out for you and let you know of any last minute changes
  • Please wear suitable outdoor clothing you don’t mind getting mucky or snagged!
  • Sturdy shoes are a must
  • For full day sessions bring a packed lunch, we will provide a hot drink but you may also want to bring your own
  • Waterproof clothing or sunscreen — depending on weather
  • Please do not bring any tools

Local information

You can find information about your local Towpath Taskforce and other volunteer teams on our  regional waterway pages.

What to do if you spot litter or pollution

If you spot lots of litter on our towpaths, or overflowing bins, please let us know. You just need to provide the following details to our customer services team, they will then ask the local team to take a look and get it sorted:

  • The canal/waterway where the litter is located
  • The exact location of the litter (e.g. number of the nearest lock, bridge, road, etc.)
  • What the litter is
  • A photo if possible

You can either send this information to us via our Contact Us form, call our team to report over the phone on  0303 040 4040 or get in touch on Twitter via @CRTContactUs

Find out what to do if you spot a pollution incident

Some of our Towpath Taskforce opportunities

Last date edited: 23 February 2017