April 8th was a warm, sunny day so we enjoyed our walk down to the canal from Asha, ably led a clever back route by Matt, one of the volunteers. We were met at the headquarters in Etruria by John Keaveny, the volunteer coordinator at the Canal and River Trust who kitted us out in high vis jackets and armed us with sacks and litter pickers. We walked along the canal, picking up litter as we went. There wasn’t a huge amount but there were some bad patches. We were a little concerned for Matt who found a very littered corner on a very steep bank down to the canal. We were relieved when he rejoined the group and impressed by his bulging sack! After an hour or so we found a grassy patch to sit and enjoy refreshment and a fascinating chat before getting back to work. Lots of people passed us as we worked and some colourful canal boats went by. It was an enjoyable and companionable afternoon and we felt glad that we were contributing to the environment of the canals and the wellbeing of those who enjoy them in Stoke on Trent. Most of the volunteers registered, so that they are now on the mailing for the Trust. We hope to do another work afternoon soon.
Canal and River Trust Work Party