Brentford Community Day at Brentford Lock
Clean up the canal around Brentford Lock
Friends of Brentford Canal have announced their first canal clean up event.
Litter pick along the towpath, learn how to collect floating litter from a kayak and blitz the floating weed around Brentford Lock.
The event will take place on Saturday 20 April, 10am-3.30pm.
The meeting point will be at Brentford Lock, Grand Union Canal, London TW8 8EE. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing which you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes.
The Canal and River Trust will provide all the tools and equipment needed to do the task and trained instructors will teach you basic kayaking skills if you want to take to the water and collect floating litter.
Drinks will be provided but you may also want to bring your own flask or water bottle and a packed lunch or snack depending on how long you’re staying.
This is also a great opportunity to learn about the historic Brentford gauging lock and have a peek inside the Grade II listed Brentford Toll House.
No special skills are needed for the day and everyone works at their own pace.
Friends of Brentford Canal Group is a new group being set up with the aim to keep the canal free of excessive weed and litter (which collects on the weed) so that the canal can be enjoyed more by everyone.
Organisations involved so far include Island Residents Group, Canal and River Trust, Edge Canoe Club, Holiday Inn Brentford, Active360 and Brentford FCCST.
Local businesses will benefit by improving their setting which is important to restaurants and sites overlooking the canal - but also to others in Brentford who are trying to present the area as a good place to live and work. Anyone selling or renting property and hotel space in the area will benefit from the canal being enhanced.
The canal is also a resource for watersports but weed and litter reduces its value in Summer - so local canoe clubs and organisations teaching watersports there will benefit from clearer water to navigate.
Capital Clean Up have supported the project with a grant for £1,000 to get things going.
March 19, 2013