Issue date: 18th December 2012
About a dozen volunteers gathered at the Royal Oak at Failsworth on the Rochdale Canal on Saturday 24th November for the second of the Towpath Taskforce Greater Manchester work parties supported by IWA Manchester Branch.
The day started off with bacon butties for the volunteers, generously provided by the Royal Oak pub before walking across to Lock 65 to start work. The Royal Oak also provided lunch and regulars at The Royal Oak had taken part in a clean up with CRT the previous week, and the intention was to encourage and build on this local initiative.
Grappling rubbish out of the canal was very productive both at the lock (where a large mud filled tyre, a push chair and a brand new shopping trolley were retrieved) and further along where the bridgehole yielded a bicycle, two trolleys, an iron farm gate and a towpath motor cycle barrier. Numerous trolleys were extracted from the stretch of canal outside Tescos, and one of the more useful and unusual items to be pulled out was a pogo stick still in working order.
Vegetation was cut back and the cobble towpath cleared around the lock, while litter picking produced more than 10 bags of the usual rubbish. The promised rain arrived just as the volunteers were finishing off at the end of another productive and enjoyable day.
Photo – Young volunteer Tyson tries out a pogo stick pulled out of the Rochdale Canal during the work party. Photo by Hazel Mayow.