IWA West Country Branch Adopts Part of the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal06 May 2015
IWA West Country Branch has formally adopted a large stretch of the Bridgwater & Taunton Canalunder Canal & River Trust’s (CRT) volunteer scheme and accepted the certificate from CRT at Bridgwater on 6th May.
IWA West Country Branch has held regular work parties along the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal for more than year, with volunteers giving over 1000 hours of their time to help maintain and improve the waterway for all users. The volunteers can often be seen out and about completing a variety of tasks from painting and litter picking to bulb planting and hedge laying. The Branch has now taken the steps to adopt three sections of the canal under CRT’s adoption scheme, and looks forward to increasing its efforts to help maintain and improve these particular areas - the planning of potential projects is already underway.
IWA West Country Branch Volunteer Co-ordinator, Mike Slade said “This a great step for IWA West Country Branch, which has really increased its activity on the Canal over the last year. This has now been formally recognised and we look forward to continuing to help look after this great local asset. Our thanks goes to both the volunteers that have given so much of their time and CRT staff who have supported our efforts with equipment, materials and training”.
Mark Evans, waterway manager at CRT, said “The Bridgwater & Taunton Canal is a beautiful waterway, and we’re delighted IWA West Country Branch has chosen to formally adopt these stretches of it. IWA volunteers have already made a huge difference to the Canal, and we look forward to working with them over the next few years to see how else we can improve it. We’re hugely grateful to everyone who comes along and gives up their time for the benefit of all those who use the Canal.”
The stretches that the Branch has adopted are Bridgwater Docks and the Canal length from there to Bridge 6 Taunton Road Bridge; the stretch of Canal from Old Taunton Road Bridgwater Bridge 7 to Huntworth Bridge 12; and Bridge 29 near Bathpool to Firepool Lock Taunton, including the adjacent lockside areas.
If you are interested in volunteering with IWA West Country Branch to support its adoption of part of the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal, please contact the Branch Volunteers Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Volunteers build a dead hedge from cleared vegetation at IWA West Country Branch work party on the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal (photo by Mike Slade)