PRESS RELEASE: BCN Clean Up clears 8 miles of Walsall Canal

Issue date: 20th April 2016

More than 70 volunteers spent two days removing an estimated 44 tonnes of rubbish from the Walsall Canal over the weekend of 16th and 17th April.  The people taking part included volunteers from Waterway Recovery Group (WRG), who travelled from far and wide to spend the weekend working on the canal.  They were supported each day by dozens of volunteers from The Inland Waterways Association, Birmingham Canal Navigations Society, Dudley Canal Trust, Coombeswood Canal Trust, Canal & River Trust, Friends of Tipton Cut and local residents.

Over the weekend the volunteers cleared 8 miles of the Walsall Canal from Walsall Town Basin through Darlaston to Ocker Hill.  Lots of interesting ‘treasures’ were pulled out of the canal including bikes, an electric guitar, a gas barbecue, a mountain of tyres … and of course lots and lots of shopping trolleys! It is hoped this annual effort on the Birmingham Canal Navigations will help keep the less well used parts of this network of canals from getting choked up with rubbish and becoming impassable for boats.

WRG Leader Chris Morgan said ‘Our band of committed volunteers aged between 16 and 73 travelled from all over the UK and as leader of the event I am extremely proud of the work they did on behalf of the waterways of the West Midlands. Thanks must go to all the canal societies who supplied the work boats to take the rubbish away and to Canal & River Trust staff who worked diligently to empty the boats.’

 
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Photographs
Photo – volunteers with some of the rubbish removed from the Walsall Canal.  Photo by Alan Lines.  Higher resolution version available on request, and alternative images available from Flickr.

Press Contact
For more information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phoning 07779 090915.

Notes for Editors
IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.

IWA's Waterway Recovery Group provides practical and technical support to waterways restoration projects across the country as well as providing skills training for volunteers. www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/

IWA - Keeping our waterways alive. www.waterways.org.uk

 BCN Clean Up clears 8 miles of Walsall Canal

Photo – volunteers with some of the rubbish removed from the Walsall Canal.  Photo by Alan Lines.  Higher resolution version available on request, and alternative images available from Flickr.