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Birmingham Canals Clean-up 2024
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Ever wondered what’s lurking beneath the waters of the Birmingham Canal Navigations?

The Birmingham Canals Clean-up weekend is a great opportunity to have fun and meet new people while clearing shopping trolleys, tyres, bicycles and even more exciting treasures from the canal.  This annual event on the Birmingham Canal Navigations helps keep the less well used parts of these waterways from getting choked up with rubbish and becoming impassable for boats.

WRG volunteers are supported each year by volunteers from the Inland Waterways Association, Birmingham Canal Navigations Society, Canal & River Trust, Friends of Tipton Cut and local residents.

 

Guidance for Day Visitors

Signing in point for day visitors – Minerva Wharf, Wolverhampton

Bookings for the weekend are now open

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Event Dates

16th & 17th March 2024 (Accommodation available from Friday night)

Location

West Midlands

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Birmingham Canals Clean-up 2024

Ever wondered what’s lurking beneath the waters of the Birmingham Canal Navigations?

The Birmingham Canals Clean-up weekend is a great opportunity to have fun and meet new people while clearing shopping trolleys, tyres, bicycles and even more exciting treasures from the canal.  This annual event on the Birmingham Canal Navigations helps keep the less well used parts of these waterways from getting choked up with rubbish and becoming impassable for boats.

WRG volunteers are supported each year by volunteers from the Inland Waterways Association, Birmingham Canal Navigations Society, Canal & River Trust, Friends of Tipton Cut and local residents.

 

Guidance for Day Visitors

Signing in point for day visitors – Minerva Wharf, Wolverhampton

Bookings for the weekend are now open

Details

Activity

Canal Clean-up

Accommodation

Basic accommodation is provided from Friday night.

Please bring camp beds/sleeping bags.

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Location

West Midlands

Hurst Lane, Tipton DY4 9AB, UK

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FAQs

Where is it?

The Birmingham Canals Clean-up will take place on the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

What will I be doing?

Using grappling hooks, volunteers will patrol the canals and fish out the many treasures hidden below the surface. Lots of interesting ‘treasures’ were pulled out of the canal including bikes, an electric guitar, a gas barbecue, a mountain of tyres and of course lots and lots of shopping trolleys! There is the option of litter picking as well as grappling hooks. Equipment and gloves will be provided.

Why is it important?

In 2019, more than 60 volunteers spent two days removing an estimated almost 30 tonnes of rubbish between Gosty Hill and Blowers Green on the Dudley No2 canal in the Black Country. In some years, this total has been closer to 50-60 tonnes!

What is the arrival time?

Friday evening at 6pm.

What is the cost for meals?

Saturday and Sunday breakfast; Saturday and Sunday lunch and Saturday evening meal for campers is about £18.

Can I bring my boat?

If you wish to attend on your boat, moorings are limited in number and they must be pre-booked through Cllr Chris Morgan: 07974 111354  [email protected]

How do I find out more about other events from IWA and WRG?

If you want to find out more about any of our events, please get in touch.

Phone: 01494 783 453 x607

Email: [email protected]  / [email protected]

 

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