THE Inland Waterways Association (IWA) Warwickshire branch held their latest clean up of the canal and the adjoining towpath between Tachbrook Road (bridge 41) and Myton Road (bridge 44).
A section of under a mile which produced an enormous haul of rubbish in just three hours.
Canal & River Trust (CRT), under the leadership of Steve Lambert, volunteer coordinator, supported the event, providing all the equipment, including a large hopper, to transport all the rubbish back to Hatton for unloading. This was manned by volunteers from the CRT volunteer boat moving team
The organisers were delighted with the excellent turnout of over 70 volunteers. In addition to IWA members, the numbers were swelled by Sydenham scouts, CRT regular volunteers, local boaters and residents. It was particular pleasing to see so many people taking pride and interest in their local waterway and towpath.
By far and away the most prolific item pulled out of the silt was shopping trolleys, including a large one from a DIY store. Over 50% of the 40plus rescued trolleys were found under bridge 42, which is the footbridge over the canal between Queensway and Old Warwick Road.
It seems this is a local dumping ground for abandoned trolleys, which came from a variety of stores, not all close to the canal. Many were intertwined and had been pushed into the silt. The group of volunteers struggled valiantly on both sides of the cut and from the top of the bridge often needing three or four grapples to shift one stubborn trolley at a time.
The most usual item dragged from the canal bed was a fruit machine, minus its cash. It was assumed this had come from one of the two nearby pubs.
Other different items included a model of Buddha, two motor scooters(a 57 and a 51 registration) a lawnmower, a vacuum cleaner, a complete cycle path sign, tyres, a cassette player, a Charles Wells advertising stand ,traffic cones, roadwork signs, guttering, a settee, metal gang plank, and some steps. This was addition to the usual haul of over 30 cycles and 28 bags of litter from the towpath and surrounds.
These clean ups take place twice a year. If you would like to help or would like details of other similar events please email email@example.com