Volunteers adopt a section of the Lancaster Canal at Haslam Park


The Lancaster Canal at Preston Pic: Sonia Bashir

Intact recently adopted a section of the Lancaster Canal towpath from Bridge 15 at Haslam Park to Bridge 17 at Preston Sports Arena.


They will work with the Canal and River Trust to organize events including guided walks, tidying up and invasive plant removal sessions.

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The Canal and River Trust released a statement saying: ‘The Lancaster Canal is a beautiful and much loved outdoor space, providing local residents with a great place to enjoy nature and the fresh air.

“However, he is a victim of his own success. The amount of litter and graffiti in this area is a constant challenge for the Canal & River Trust charity, which looks after the canal.

“We have a contractor who has to empty the bins twice a week and we are fortunate to have several brilliant groups of volunteers, who have adopted various sections of canal near Preston to help us maintain the waterway and the path of towing.

“We are very grateful to Intact Dobcroft, Friends of Haslam Park, Ashton and Riversway PACT (Plastic Free Preston) and Ribble Canoe Club, who are all doing their best to keep the canal at its best. But we urgently need help.

“We are calling on all members of the public who use the channel – please take your rubbish home! If the bins are full, please find an alternative place to drop off your waste, and take cans and bottles for recycling.

“We want the canal to remain beautiful for everyone to enjoy – but we can only do that if people act responsibly and enjoy this great natural amenity on their doorstep.”

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