100 Volunteers Clear 40 Tonnes of Rubbish from the Birmingham Canal Navigations21 April 2015
Over 100 volunteers from Waterway Recovery Group (WRG), The Inland Waterways Association, Birmingham Canal Navigations Society, Dudley Canal Trust, Coombeswood Canal Trust and Canal & River Trust (CRT), including their Chief Executive Richard Parry, joined together to carry out a massive canal cleanup on the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) on 18th and 19th April.
Volunteers spent the weekend clearing over 40 tonnes of rubbish along the BCN Old Main Line at Smethwick Junction and surrounding locks. Lots of interesting ‘treasures’ were pulled out of the canal including motorbikes, a freezer, a Hindu deity statue, a shotgun, several parts of a car … and of course a few shopping trolleys! It is hoped this annual effort on the BCN will help keep the less well used parts of the BCN & Black Country Network from getting choked up with rubbish and becoming impassable for boats.
WRG Leader Chris Morgan said 'This is the first time we have worked in this area, it was great to be surrounded by so much canal heritage, structures and features. The volunteers certainly enjoyed themselves! Thanks must go to all the societies who supplied the work boats to take the rubbish away and to the Canal & River Trust staff who worked diligently to empty the boats, we have already started planning the 2016 event'.
The event was also supported by volunteers from the Friends of the Tipton Cut, IKON Gallery Slow Boat project, British Telecom and Black Country Adventures Boat Project.
Take a look at phtos from the event on Flickr.
Photo: Volunteers help cleanup the canals of Birmingham (photo by Chris Morgan)