Cleaning up the Soho Loop

Issue date: 1st March 2013

Over fifty volunteers turned out on Saturday 16th February for a work party on the Soho Loop in Birmingham.

The volunteers spread out along the whole length of the Soho or Winson Green Loop. The loop, which leaves the Birmingham Main Line not far from Birmingham city centre at a crossroads with the Icknield Port Loop, rejoins the main line less than a mile further on, having wound around for a mile and a quarter in a loop past various factories, the Soho Branch (now home to Hockley Port residential moorings) and Winson Green Prison. 

The day was organised jointly by IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch and the BCN Society, working in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, and supported by the Ikon Youth Project and the residents of Hockley Port moorings. 

The usual assortment of bicycles, tyres, and fence panels were pulled out during the course of the day. The trawl also included a van door, road signs and the occasional shopping trolley. 
The total weight of the rubbish pulled out was estimated to be in the region of 2 tonnes. The environs of the Hockley Port residential moorings were also litter picked during the day.