Issue date: 24th September 2012
On Saturday 15th September, IWA's Manchester Branch hosted a meeting between local volunteers and Canal & River Trust, to discuss future volunteering projects in the area around Dukinfield Junction, where the Ashton and Lower Peak Forest canals meet, and near to the junction with the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
The turnout included a good mixture of experienced and established local boaters as well as some people new to volunteering on the waterways. Discussion included some of the local issues and how their collective experience could be used to work together in partnership. There was enthusiasm for a regular monthly volunteer days to carry out vegetation clearance and clearing rubbish from the canals in the area.
These monthly maintenance sessions will start in November (dates still under discussion) and will follow on from the Dukinfield Canal Clean Up that is planned for 13th and14th October to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ashtac.
The meeting was followed by a scrub bash which saw ten volunteers clearing vegetation from the towpath in the area around the junction and on the Lower Peak Forest and Ashton canals. This work will be continued during the October weekend. The monthly maintenance sessions will tackle similar tasks but perhaps over a slightly wider area.
Photo showing some of the volunteers clearing vegetation from the bridge at Dukinfield Junction, by Alison Smedley.