Yorkshire vs. Lancashire: The big canal clean-up
Leeds Waterfront Festival 2016 may be over for another year, but plans for the reparation and make-over of the canal are by no means slowing down! In Leeds, there are proposals in place for a huge clean up over the month of September, after East Lancashire have set an example with their £44,000 repair project which saw the regeneration of over 2,000 metres of dry stone wall.
With the help of volunteers, and funded by a number of individual donations from Friends of the Canal & River Trust, the project spanned 6 weeks and captured the true spirit of the waterways. Using a large barge to reach inaccessible areas of the canal tow path, the recovered local stone was then built back into dry stone walls to restore livestock barriers that have been damaged over time.
Speaking of the win-win situation for Canal & River Trust and the volunteers, Matt Taylor, North West volunteer development co-ordinator with the Trust, said: “The volunteers have done a fantastic job in repairing the walls along the towpath. Many of them arrived on the project knowing little about the traditional skills needed to build dry stone walls. Qualified experts have worked with them to acquire the necessary expertise and those that want to, have been able to gain valuable vocational AQA qualifications in dry stone walling.”
These community projects are one of the ways that Canal & River Trust can simultaneously raise awareness of the waterways, whilst helping young people to build on their skills.
We’re hoping that the people of Leeds are as enthusiastic and we gather enough volunteers for September. More details are coming soon. If you’d like to get involved in any of our clean-up projects or just want more information, then firstname.lastname@example.org.
If Lancashire can do it…then we’re pretty sure that Yorkshire can!