Join IWA Manchester Branch at its monthly work parties on the canals in and around Manchester. Each month volunteers get together to improve the local waterways, undertaking everything from vegetation management to litter picking. Any one is welcome to join the group, no experience is needed, just old clothes, sturdy shoes and enthusiasm. Volunteers are also advised to come prepared for the weather and to bring a packed lunch if staying all day. Under-18s are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
This month Manchester Branch are tying in with Keep Britain Tidy's campaign to "Clean for The Queen" in preparation for her 90th birthday this year. Work will concentrate around Lock 4 and will involve litter picking and some tree planting, having ordered a mixture of hedgerow & Wild Rose bushes. Wear stout footwear and 'gardening-type' clothes. Please bring a packed lunch, although the much vaulted Lemon Drizzle cake, freshly baked by my Denise, will be available at brew time. Please let us know (details below) if you plan to attend, as there needs to be enough cake for all!
The Etihad Metro station is close to lock 4. Exit the station, cross the footbridge over the canal at Joe Mercer Way, descend the steps to the towpath and walk down to lock 4. See the station map (PDF).
Drivers should aim for M11 3FF which is the Tennis Centre on Sports City Way. Turn off Alan Turing Way into Sports City Way, drive past the end of the pedestrian Joe Mercer Way, drive past the Tennis Centre, drive into the car-park on the left, where an access gate, behind he containers, leads on to the canal.