Volunteers sought to care for Retford lock

THE Canal & River Trust is calling on the people of Retford to get hands-on with caring for the canal on their doorstep.

A new monthly volunteering session – Retford Town Lock Towpath Taskforce – has been set up to give residents in the area the chance to help look after the Chesterfield Canal. It will meet on the second Sunday of every month at 10am, starting on January 13.

Volunteers will tackle a variety of tasks, including lock painting, vegetation clearance, plastic picking and graffiti removal, all of which help to keep the waterside environment a great place for residents, visitors and wildlife.

Lee Taylor, volunteer leader at Canal & River Trust, said: “The Chesterfield Canal is a wonderful local feature enjoyed by residents and visitors, so it’s important that we continue to care for and enhance the whole waterway environment, and we need people to give a few hours of their time to help us do that.

“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. For more information and to be kept up-to-date with meeting points and task lists for each session, call Lee on 07769 282689 or sign up online at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer.