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Project encourages people to care for canal

Supermarket trolleys, abandoned bikes and several car tyres were just some of the items removed from Grantham canal on Tuesday.

Grantham emergency services joined volunteers from the Grantham Canal Society to clean up the section of canal that runs through the Earlsfield estate.

About 18 volunteers including members of the public, Grantham police community support officers and local fire crews turned out to help.

The work is part of the canal society's volunteering project to encourage people to help protect Grantham canal and cultivate a sense of ownership of their local waterway.

Police, firemen and members of the public join Grantham Canal Society (2050178)
Police, firemen and members of the public join Grantham Canal Society (2050178)

Volunteer ranger Richard Jackson, has been a ranger since February and has been working hard to spruce up the canal bank through Earlsfield, but has been unable to reach items in the canal.

He said: "I was very pleased with the turnout and the support we received."

It also provided an ideal opportunity for Grantham Fire and Rescue to use the event as part of their national water safety initiative.

Their inflatable raft, more generally used in the rescue of horses and livestock, proved invaluable in reaching parts of the canal that grappling hooks and long handle nets couldn't reach.

GCS events coordinator Tony Jackson, said: "Community support officers from Grantham police also did a fantastic job of clearing the offside bank - making good use of several shopping trolleys pulled from the water to move bags of litter to the collection point. Some of the litter recovered was potentially life threatening to wildlife including discarded fishing line and plastic bags."

South Kesteven District Council provided equipment and removed items, which also included various soft furnishings, household items and even a hobby horse.

GCS head ranger Chris Cobb added: "If any businesses would like to offer their support, our volunteers could work more effectively if they had more long handle hooks and nets."

Despite a good start, the society hopes that more people from the local community will be able to come along to the next big canal clean on Tuesday June 5 at 10am.

Visit: www.granthamcanal.org


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