PRESS RELEASE: Places left on Waterway Recovery Group 2018 Family Camps

Issue date: 26th June 2018

Family orientated canal volunteering weekends have returned for their second year with the first of 3 weekends organised by IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group taking place on the Uttoxeter Canal.  Places are still available on the remaining two family weekend camps, on the Grantham Canal in August and the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation in September.    

The first family camp of the year, hosted by the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust over the weekend of 9th & 10th June, saw five families with a total of 7 children aged from 8 to 13 taking part.  Work, which was based around the Crumpwood area of the Uttoxeter Canal, near Denstone in Staffordshire, included building and installing bird boxes, clearing vegetation, pulling up invasive Himalayan balsam (with a competition for the best sculpture made out of it) and a nature walk to carry out a survey of wildlife in the area.  

The young people taking part were very enthusiastic about the weekend and all said they would recommend the events to other families:  “Bird boxes, balsam and bollards – it had everything!” (said Jonathan), “We learnt a lot of new skills this weekend which will be useful in the future” (Georgina), and “I enjoyed it all but most exciting was finding a dragonfly nymph on the nature walk” (Peter).

Visit IWA’s website (www.waterways.org.uk/wrg) to book places on the two remaining WRG Family Camps of 2018 (Grantham Canal from 17th to 19th August and Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation from 31st August to 2nd September).  

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Photographs

Young people with their bird boxes on the Uttoxeter Canal WRG Family Camp.
 
Higher resolution photograph and alternative images available on request.  

Press Contact

For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phoning 07779 090915.

Notes for Editors

About The Inland Waterways Association

The Inland Waterways Association is the membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.

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About Waterway Recovery Group

IWA's Waterway Recovery Group provides practical and technical support to waterways restoration projects across the country as well as providing skills training for volunteers.

www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/

Photo: Young people with their bird boxes on the Uttoxeter Canal WRG Family Camp.
 
Higher resolution photograph and alternative images available on request.