Writing about last week’s clean up of the memorial gardens in Littlemoss reminded me of the continued excellent work the Friends of Droylsden Canal are doing on the town’s behalf.
I’ve mentioned them a few times and plan to do again many times in the future because they need as much publicity as they can get.
The group which was set up to take part in the British Waterways Adoption schemes is a great opportunity for local people and communities to come together to help secure the future of an important part of our nation’s heritage.
Under the scheme they’ve adopted the length of Ashton Canal from the Manchester/Tameside boundary at Edge Lane bridge through to the Audenshaw/Droylsden boundary at Ashton Hill Lane.
And they haven’t hung around. They’ve already carried out their first volunteer day and cleaned up the entrance around the canal towpath at Edge Lane, Droylsden, collecting over 30 black bags (see picture below) of rubbish buried amongst the brambles and undergrowth at the entrance point along with other bulkier flytipped rubbish. Although Sue and I joined the volunteers later on for this event I fully expect to play a full and active role in future group activity.
Further volunteer days are planned throughout the summer months when the group plan to:
• Tidy up the other site entrances to the towpath
• Carry out maintenance works along the towpath including the painting of lock gates and fencing to improve its appearance.
• Cut back overgrown vegetation
• Planting of spring bulbs (in conjunction with local primary schools) in late summer.