THE Canal & River Trust is calling on the people of Saltaire to get hands-on with caring for the canal on their doorstep.
A new monthly volunteering session has been set up to give residents of the town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the chance to help look after the Leeds & Liverpool Canal whilst also enjoying some time by the water.
Called Saltaire Towpath Taskforce, the group will meet on the first Friday of every month from 10am to 1pm, with the next session on October 5.
Volunteers will tackle a variety of tasks, including lock painting, vegetation clearance, litter picking and graffiti removal, all of which help to keep the waterside environment a great place for residents, visitors and wildlife.
Becca Dent, volunteer development coordinator at Canal & River Trust, said: “Saltaire is a beautiful village with the canal at its heart and we know that hundreds of people spend time on or by the water every month, so the efforts of our dedicated volunteers will bring real benefits to everyone who lives nearby or visits the area.
“Volunteering on your local canal is a fantastic way to spend some time outdoors and support your community, and it also gives you the chance to learn new skills and make new friends, so come along and get involved!”
All tools and equipment are provided at each session. Volunteers should wear sensible shoes and dress according to the weather, and bring drinks/snacks to keep them going.
To find out more about Saltaire Towpath Taskforce and other ways to support your local canal, visit: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk.