Haul of rubbish on final project day of the year

TAKING advantage of the low water line during the current lock gate repairs, the Uppermill Community Action Network (UCAN) December Project Day focused on removal of submerged rubbish from the canal stretch from Moorgate bridge to Lime Kiln lock.

Their efforts resulted in quite a substantial and surprising haul of items from the canal, including three bicycles, two shopping trolleys, a wheelbarrow, multiple traffic cones, lock keys, road signs, fire extinguisher and garden furniture.

It’s good to know the removal of all these items will help towards safer boat passage through Uppermill.

As this was the final UCAN Project Day of 2016 the occasion was marked with a fabulous Christmas celebratory lunch of turkey sandwiches, sausage rolls and mince pies, accompanied with a warm cup of mulled wine.

UCAN would like to say a huge thankyou to Phil Smith from Canal & River Trust who has supported the group’s Project Days since its inception in Autumn 2015. And thanks all UCAN members for kindly volunteering their free time and hard work to help look after and enhance Uppermill for everyone to enjoy!


Newcomers will be warmly welcome at future group activities. New dates for 2017 are:

  • Thursday January 5 – Regular UCAN activities.
  • Saturday January 21 – Regular UCAN activities.
  • Thursday February 2 – Regular UCAN activities.
  • Saturday February 18- Regular UCAN activities.
  • Thursday March 2- Regular UCAN activities.
  • Saturday March 25- Regular UCAN activities.

The usual meeting point is 10am at Limekiln lock, but this is sometimes changed. New volunteers are advised to check a few days in advance at http://ucanuppermill.com/ or contact UCAN’s Group Leader on 01457 878361, peterkillan@hotmail.com.




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