Canal Work Party in Warwick – 12th May 2013

Issue date: 4th June 2013

A work party organised by IWA Warwickshire Branch and supported by Canal & River Trust took place on 12th May. Twenty participants had a productive morning, using grappling hooks to clear the canal of its ‘hidden treasures’ between Bridges 46 and 48 of the Grand Union Canal near Tesco’s at Emscote, Warwick. Volunteers also collected litter from the towpath beyond the bridges.

CRT provided a boat to carry a haul of approximately 4.5 tons of scrap. In addition, a road trailer was also filled to capacity. The total haul included 20 bicycles, 2 motor cycles, 1 motor scooter, 23 shopping trolleys, 8 shopping baskets, a metal fuel tank, a bath, a lawn mower, many car exhausts and seats, hose reels, tractor tyres and lots of road signs. It took 8 volunteers to lift a 250 cc motor cycle and 5 to lift the other 125 cc model from the canal bed.  A substantial array of other unidentifiable metal objects and domestic goods was lifted from the canal and many bags of rubbish collected from the towpath.
Further work parties are planned in the autumn in the Leamington and Warwick area.  If you would like to volunteer to take part, please email