Rugeley Community Volunteers Improve Canal Aqueduct Area

news_rugeleywp_150pxIssue Date: 24 May 2011

A blustery wind and overcast sky greeted 19 volunteers as they gathered at the Brindley Bank Aqueduct area on Sunday morning.

With heavy showers forecast, the group rolled their sleeves up and tackled the long-standing graffiti on the bridge wall. Luckily, they had brought that magic ingredient, elbow grease! Four hours later the graffiti was gone.

Another group did an excellent job of painting the aqueduct railings white. The ‘gardening team’ cut the grass, removed Himalayan Balsam and trimmed vegetation along the path leading from Wolseley Road.

The work party was organised by the Inland Waterways Association, and supervised by British Waterways.  Volunteers included local residents, Inland Waterways Association Members, Rugeley Lions, Landor Society, Town Councillors, a Police Community Support Officer and helpers from Gnosall, Wolverhampton and Hednesford.

The work party was one of a series which are being held throughout the year. The longer term aim is to re-surface the path leading from Wolseley Road, re-profile the historic ‘Bloody Steps’, and improve the canalside area.

For information on future work parties, please email margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.uk . Or ring 07581 794111.

(Photo by Margaret Beardsmore) See more photos of the workparty.