MEMBERS of a Wigan community group took it upon themselves to clean up a stretch of historic waterway.
The Douglas Valley Lions Club has reached an agreement with the Canal and River Trust to keep a section of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal free from litter.
The two-mile stretch between Parbold and Appley Bridge is the chosen destination for the volunteer canal adoption scheme.
Having previously started the first litter pick in January, member Alan Treverton said that he was eager to forge links with the trust.
He said: “As the project becomes established, we can co-operate with the Canal and River Trust on community projects such as repainting railings, fences, canal bridgeworks and so on.”
Keeping the canal and towpath free of rubbish not only improves the look of the place but also prevents wildlife from coming to harm.
This project allows the group to work with the Trust in promoting the litter-picking activities along the stretch, although members could continue on to other parts of the canal if they wish to do so.
The Douglas Valley Lions Club is run by president, Robin McIntosh, and is a charitable and voluntary service based in Wigan.
The Canal and River Trust is the charity which looks after 2,000 miles of the inland waterway network in England and Wales. Its aim is to ensure that the canals and rivers are safe and accessible to the public.
For more information and to get involved with the Douglas Valley Lions Club and its work along the canal contact 0845 833 5739.