Issue date: 15th March 2013
IWA Northampton Branch has agreed an adoption arrangement with Canal & River Trust covering the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal. The Branch will help to maintain the 17-lock Arm, which opened in 1815 and links the Grand Union Canal at Gayton Junction with the River Nene in Northampton. The Nene then flows on to Peterborough and The Wash.
News of the intended adoption was first given in the Branch's magazine Endeavour. The Branch announced that the adoption scheme had been firmed up, and a presentation was given by from Canal & River Trust managers to IWA members, at the Branch's AGM on 12th March.
IWA Northampton Branch will use funds raised from its annual boat rally in Becket’s Park to purchase new equipment to help it carry out litter picks, maintain hedges, painting work and other maintenance tasks on the Arm's locks and bridges, with the help of volunteers from the Friends of Becket’s Park, Northampton Open Space and Barclaycard. The Branch plans to encourage other organisations and companies in the area to support the work.
Neighbouring IWA Milton Keynes Branch has already adopted a section of the Grand Union Canal in the Fenny Stratford area.