Volunteers clean up the Chesterfield Canal in Retford

cct_cleanup150pxIssue date: 28 March 2011

A group of volunteers from the Chesterfield Canal Trust and Retford Civic Society took part in a huge clean up along the canal in Retford on Tuesday 22nd March.

Twenty members of the Civic Society and Trust did a superb job working their way along about a mile of the towpath and filling 15 black plastic bags with litter of all descriptions.

Meanwhile, a group of six Trust members worked with their historic boat, Python, to clear the canal itself. One was steering, one was in the hold and four were on the towpath using grappling hooks to dredge the canal bottom.

The boat crew’s catch consisted of:

1   Wilkinson trolley in perfect order;
1   ASDA trolley in perfect order complete with gizmo preventing removal from ASDA;
2   Cycles;
1   Concrete water hydrant stand;
1   Roadworks barrier;
1   9ft length of 2" steel box section;
2   Roadworks warning signs;
1   8ft length of down pipe complete with 45º return;
2   Umbrella frames;
3   Fish landing nets;
2   Fish landing net handles, 3ft and 4ft;
1   5ft double ended rake and hoe;
PLUS  a one ton gravel bag almost full with various floating detritus, e.g. bottles of all sizes, plastic bags even underwear and trainers!

The following day, Python met a Bassetlaw Council vehicle at Barnby Wharf to unload all the rubbish. Having moored overnight at Ranby, they should have got back to their permanent mooring at Shireoaks, but even this was stymied because vandals had emptied the Bracebridge to Kilton pound and Deep Lock was obstructed by a huge box that had been dropped into the canal.

It is the intention of the Chesterfield Canal Trust to do more of these clean ups in Bassetlaw.