Help needed to keep Erewash Canal clean

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Volunteers are being sought to help care for the much-loved Erewash Canal.

The Canal and River Trust is looking to set up teams of volunteer rangers along the length of the canal, which runs for 12 miles between Langley Mill and Trent Lock.

The aim is to build closer links with local communities and encourage people to have a sense of ownership and pride in their waterways.

Danny Brennan, chair of the East Midlands Waterway Partnership, said; “Ultimately the canal belongs to the communities that it runs through so it would be fantastic to see those same communities playing an active role in helping to care for it and promote it to others.”

The Erewash Rangers will work in teams covering specific sections of the canal. Each team will be responsible for walking their particular stretch regularly, clearing any litter they see, removing graffiti and reporting any engineering issues that they come across. The rangers will also act as a friendly face on the canal, speaking to people on the towpath and giving advice on things to see and do.

People can find out more about the role on Wednesday June 19 at Sandiacre Lock Cottage between 2pm - 4pm and 6pm – 8pm. Email enquiries.emidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk.