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Towpath Taskforce

Would you like to meet new people, enjoy the changing seasons and make a difference to your local canal? Our volunteer Towpath Taskforce teams could be just the thing you're looking for this winter!

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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.


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.

Towpath Taskforce teams

Last date edited: 14 December 2017