IWA Northampton Branch

20 January 2021

Our volunteers started 2021 with enthusiasm and they’ve been busy. Adding to the graffitti clean up last month we have achieved a major clean up of litter this month. About 80 bags of rubbish and 8 shopping trollies, plus other assorted rubbish were cleared away. More graffiti was removed, from bridge 14. To keep the water flowing well through the canals, lock by-pass channels need to be kept free. With bird nesting season approaching it was important to tackle this vegetation clearance job this month. So now all the by-passes and weirs are now cleared of vegetation and debris.

Thanks go to our hardy volunteers who braved the winter weather to achieve this, and working with smaller limited numbers for now.

In summary:

  • 8 shopping trollies pulled out from beneath bridge 14
  • 80 bags of rubbish collected
  • Last of the lock by-pass channels cleared

Pictures of some cleared by-passes, and a rare sighting on our canal was captured, a red-coated-dangler-worker! Not a volunteer; we don’t do those jobs!

In the autumn our work party volunteers were busy sprucing up most of the locks along the Northampton Arm. From painting cill markings to strimming vegetation. As many as 17 volunteers were out at one of the work parties in October.

Some of the highlights included:

  • Eight shopping trollies removed from beneath bridge 14
  • 30 bags of rubbish collected
  • Cills markings painted at Locks 1 to 6
  • Locks 9 and 10 were given a new lick of paint
  • At Locks 15 and 16, the lock bypass channels and weirs were cleared of vegetation.
  • The lock island at Lock 17 was mowed, strimmed and litter picked

Join us soon for a work party along the Northampton Arm

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

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