****** UPDATE: Great news that in the last week the Canals and River Trust have now removed the sunken burnt out barge that had been a serious obstacle to other boats. Thanks to Dave Treadwell for the photos. Also we have had quite a few people say they would like to help with this community project but are still looking for more community-spirited people to come forward. *****
Many people around Acocks Green enjoy walking and exercising along our ancient waterway, the Grand Union Canal which runs adjacent to Westley Vale Millennium Green, Oak Meadow and through the Grade II listed Vineries Bridge. It almost feels like you are in the countryside here and that time has stood still. It is a place to escape our busy lives and enjoy peace and quiet, the views and the wildlife. Back in June a group of locals organised a litter pick along a stretch of canal and quite a few people got involved and took an interest in helping out. Litter is one of the main problems that blights this natural beauty spot. As a way to encourage local communities to take an interest in their local canal the Canals and Rivers Trust have launched a scheme to encourage local groups to take active role in looking after the waterways. For example this could be a guided walk, nature survey or litter-pick
Click on this link to read more about the scheme: The Canals and Rivers Trust Adopt a Canal Scheme . The campaign is based around the understanding that one activity takes place on the canal at least once a month. Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum is interested to see if local people who enjoy the benefit of having the waterway on their doorstep would like to sign up to be part of this working group. Just a few hours a month would be enough to have the official backing by the Canal and Rivers Trust. As well as improving your local neighbourhood, it gives people the opportunity to get to know others in the area and get some fresh air and exercise. Are you interested? Please contact us by responding to this post or the Contact Us page. We can then go from there. Your details will be kept confidential and not be published on this site (unless you specifically wish us to.).