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Volunteers adopt stretch of Lancaster Canal at Haslam Park

Posted on - 6th April, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Ingol, Preston News, Tulketh
The Lancaster Canal at Preston Pic: Sonia Bashir
The Lancaster Canal at Preston Pic: Sonia Bashir

Intact has recently adopted a stretch of the Lancaster Canal towpath from Bridge 15 at Haslam Park to Bridge 17 at Preston Sports Arena.

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They will be working with the Canal and River Trust to put on events including guided walks, tidy-ups and sessions removing invasive plants.

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The Canal and River Trust issued a statement saying: “The Lancaster Canal is a much-loved, beautiful outdoor space, offering local residents a great place to enjoy nature and fresh air.

“However it is a victim of its own success. The amount of litter and graffiti in this area is a constant challenge for the Canal & River Trust charity, which cares for the canal.

“We have a contractor scheduled to empty bins twice a week and we are lucky to have several groups of brilliant volunteers, who have adopted various canal sections near Preston to help us look after the waterway and towpath.

“We are very grateful to Intact Dobcroft, Friends of Haslam Park, Ashton and Riversway PACT (Plastic Free Preston) and Ribble Canoe Club, who all do their best to keep the canal looking its best. But we urgently need help.

“We appeal to all members of the public who use the canal  – please take your rubbish home! If bins are full, please find an alternative place to deposit your rubbish, and take cans and bottles for recycling.

“We want to keep the canal looking great for everyone to enjoy – but we can only do that if people act responsibly and value this great natural amenity on their doorstep.”

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