Area of Grantham canal kept clean by community-conscious volunteers

Volunteers clean-up Grantham Canal. Photo submitted by Charmaine Morgan
Volunteers clean-up Grantham Canal. Photo submitted by Charmaine Morgan
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Hard-working volunteers are carrying on the bid to keep Grantham Canal clean and free of litter.

The stretch of water through the Earlesfield estate in Grantham has already been the focus of a clean-up by South Kesteven District Council.

And now it is up to volunteers to ensure the area stays rubbish-free.

The first clean-up was on Saturday, with a group of 20 people giving up their free time to lend a hand. They were local people plus representatives of the Grantham Angling Society, Earlesfield Community Church and West Grantham and Earlesfield Canal Society.

Police community support officer Stuart McBride and SKDC housing officer Sandra Mullin, a champion of the Earlesfield estate, organised the event.

Sandra said: “It has been a successful day and we will organise another soon. It was great to see children joining in, too.

“It will be good to involve even more local people. A number of volunteers have called for the event to last even longer, so we will consider this.”

Among the items recovered from the canal, footpath and banks were a carpet, scooter, skateboard, bicycles, carpet tiles and a fold up bed. Plastic bags, bottles, cans and crisp packets were the most common items collected, said Coun Charmaine Morgan, who volunteered her time to help.

She said: “I pulled out some larger metal items and several disgarded fishing lines, with the grappling hook. A beautiful nearby swan was a reminder of how dangerous to wildlife the thoughtless actions of just a few can be.

“It will take a community effort to keep the canal the special place it is. It was good to get encouraging comments from passers-by, and to hear from a resident how the new CCTV equipment has helped reduced fly-tipping.

“Anyone seeing dog fouling or fly-tipping can report it to South Kesteven District council on 01476 406080. I look forward to working further here as a member of our new Canal Society and we will be meeting soon to review progress and look at further improvements.”

Refreshments were provided by volunteers.

After the event members of SKDC’s street cleaning team collected the items retrieved. Metal items were earmarked for refurbishment or recycling.