Volunteers needed for Ashton Canal clean-up

People are being urged to join in with a clean-up of the Ashton Canal and help keep Tameside tidy.

Tameside Council’s Neighbourhoods Services are working in partnership with the Canal and River Trust, who are responsible for the canal, and Tameside Canal Boat Trust and Partners to clear the towpath and canal of litter and vegetation.

Staff will be working from a work boat and on the towpath and would love volunteers to help.

Two days of action have been organised for next week, where tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support.

They are on Monday, March 16, from 10am to 2pm - meeting at Portland Basin Museum in Ashton - and Thursday, March 19, from 10am to 2pm - meeting at Stanley Life Bridge in Dukinfield.

If you would like to attend, contact Gary Wilkinson on gary.wilkinson@canalrivertrust.org.uk or 07843 341 954.

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: "Anyone who’s available to help with these clean-ups will be most welcome so that together we can restore this section of the canal to its scenic best.

"The majority of us don’t drop litter, but if everyone did a bit to pick it up then it would really help in keeping Tameside tidy and protecting the environment." 

The clean-ups follow the launch of Tameside Council’s Litter Hubs Network, where residents or groups can book out free equipment, including high vis jackets, litter pickers, gloves and black bags, from community places to carry out clean-ups. Council officers then arrange for the rubbish to be disposed of appropriately. 

For further information, visit www.tameside.gov.uk/litterhubs.

 

Main image:

A previous litter pick at Portland Basin.

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