The Grand Union Canal between Bridge 94 (Watling Street) and Bridge 96 (Simpson Road) was adopted by the Milton Keynes Branch on the 29th of August 2012. The adoption is officially certified by Canal & River Trust and work is carried out in liaison with, and with support from CRT. Under the adoption, the Branch is responsible for all the non-mechanical maintenance of the Fenny Stratford Lock and its environs as well as the towpath area between the two bridges, excluding grass and hedge cutting. The Branch’s volunteer work parties have made a significant impact on the area : the lock gates, bollards, swing bridge, Pump House, sanitary station and fencing have been repainted and will continue to be, as will control of weeds and vegetation.
Dobbies Milton Keynes generously contributed initial planting for the Pump House beds and hanging baskets and Travis Perkins is sponsoring materials to supplement the equipment and paint supplied by CRT. The work is now gradually extending to the towpath environs between the bridges.
Regular work parties are held about once a month when weather is suitable. We are always seeking new volunteers and anyone who would like to be involved would be much welcomed and should contact Project Co-ordinator Dave Porter by emailing him here.
Gloves and tools are provided as is mid-morning coffee/tea.
Volunteers at the Pump House alongside Fenny Stratford Lock, with plants generously donated by Dobbies Milton Keynes.
The sorry state of the towpath hedge, north of the lock. Restoration of this hedge is now being tackled by the working parties.