Call for volunteers for canal clean-up project

2nd May 2017

Over the coming months, the Olympic Legacy Park (OLP) staff, consultants and contractors, Friends of the Blue Loop and the Canal and River Trust will be working together to clean up and improve the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal and canal basin adjacent to the Olympic Legacy Park through several volunteer days.

The clean-up project is part of a long-term scheme set up by the River Stewardship Company (RSC) to improve the Don Valley Moorings around the new OLP site. The volunteer days are happening once a month throughout the summer and will take place on Wednesday 17 May, Wednesday 14 June, Wednesday 12 July and Wednesday 23 August. The team of volunteers will help clear overgrown vegetation, repair benches and steps and plant new bulbs and shrubs. Hellen Hornby from the River Stewardship Company says she hopes this could be the start of a long-term partnership between the RSC and the OLP: -We're really excited to get started on this and it will hopefully be the start of a project involving a wide range of stakeholders and the OLP to improve the surrounding area. -We want to turn the Canal into a place families can come before and after school, a place that schools can use and somewhere athletes from the OLP can run alongside and train. -We still need funding to continue work on the area, but these volunteer days are important to us as they show there is a need to improve the area and a willingness to help. To register to help on any of the volunteer days, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/olympic-legacy-park-volunteer-days-tickets-33207240751?aff=es2

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