Canal and River Trust Partnership

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This weekend, the Group helped to clean up its adopted stretch of the North Stratford Canal between bridges 4 and 6 in Billesley.

Billesley Scout Members' efforts at Bridge 5

The weather was kind to us this weekend, as we donned our gloves, grabbed our gardening gear, paintbrushes and paint, and walked down the path to the canal near Yardley Wood Bus Station.

As the first Scout group to adopt a section of canal stretch of the North Stratford Canal back in 2016, we’re now among just nine Scout groups around the country to actively take care of the canals in the UK.

We usually visit our part of the canal at least once every couple of months, when the weather allows, and help to tidy things up in conjunction with volunteers from the Canal and River Trust. This weekend we focused on making sure the ramp down to the canal by Yardley Wood Road Bridge 5 was free from moss, weeds and growth, ands that the mooring points were free for people to use.

Some of our Scouts and adult volunteers painted over the graffiti on and under the bridge

We’ll be trying to get some more sessions in during the winter months so that we can keep on top of the plants and litter in the area.

Next year we’ll be putting together a full maintenance project for our sections as part of their Community Impact staged badge. Each section will be tackling different levels of the project, with older sections needing to spend longer on the project to earn their higher level awards.

If you’d like to help out with our canal maintenance projects, you can join the group or donate materials or your time for our next session. We’ll post specifics nearer the time and invite local businesses to help where they can.

Keep an eye on our news section and the 325th Birmingham, 1st Billesley Facebook page for more details of upcoming events.