Issue date: 15th February 2013
Anyone walking the path along the northern edge of Selly Oak Park in Birmingham on Saturday 2nd February would have seen an unusual sight – boats on the Lapal Canal. The boats in question were in fact a canoe and a coracle, belonging to members and friends of IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch, making the most of this short stretch of canal being in water following the recent rain.
After navigating from one end to the other of the section with water in, a couple of times, the boating expedition turned into a work party. Loppers and a bow saw were utilised to clear many of the overhanging branches that were obstructing passage of these small craft.
One of the volunteers was Peter Fisher, of the Lapal Canal Trust, who appreciated the additional help continuing the vegetation clearance that he has been carrying out recently. A full bin bag of rubbish and litter was also collected from the boats during the afternoon.
IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch is keen to support the Lapal Canal Trust. There are concerns about proposals for a supermarket development just the other side of the main road which will affect the line of the Lapal Canal between Selly Oak Park and where it would join the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.