IWA Northampton Branch

9 May 2022

We have been busy as usual this early spring. We have made much progress in keeping our canal tidy, and making it a better place, including building a bug hotel! Thanks to our fantastic group of volunteers.

  • Potholes in the towpath and access track were repaired/filled with aggregate and fencing repairs were made.
  • With CRT supervision and their chipper we dealt with loads of vegetation that needed cutting back.
  • We did a major, deep litter pick around Lock 17 and the lock island, and the Westbridge Arm of the River Nene. Where the canal passes the St James retail park it also got a lot of much needed attention. 23 Trolleys and 100 bags of rubbish were collected.
  • We built a bug hotel in the memorial garden at lock 10, we love it, surely the bugs will too!
  • Repainted parts of the mural at lock 12 where it had suffered from weathering.
  • Planted approximately 70 mixed hedge whips in the laid hedge adjacent to locks 4, 5 and 6. Also planted approximately 10 oak and cherry saplings in the field adjacent to the above hedge.

All these tasks will make the canal a better place to be, and will contribute to biodiversity along the Arm. Cheers Volunteers!

Photos of work in progress

The bug hotel in progress

Repairing a path

We used a shredder to deal with all the cut vegetation

Repainting parts of the mural

Planting a hedge

The volunteer work parties normally take place twice a month along the Northampton Arm as part of the adoption by IWA Northampton Branch. Volunteer with us.

Anyone interested in coming along can look at the volunteering page for more info and check the events pages to check the latest details of task party days and specific dates.


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