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Plea to volunteers to help Elland canal clean-up

Bid to repair damage wreaked by the Boxing Day floods

Clean-up efforts along the flood-hit Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal are swinging into action.

And local people are being asked to lend their support to the campaign.

The Canal and River Trust, the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, is organising a clean-up of the canal after Boxing Day floods caused widespread damage to the towpath and dumped rubbish and other debris.

The Trust is holding a volunteer event between 10am and 1pm on Saturday January 23, focusing on the canal between Elland Lock and Park Nook lock. People can help repair the towpath, rebuild a damaged dry stone wall and clear rubbish the flood waters have dropped.

Jon Horsfall, the Trust’s waterway manager, said; “The floods were the worst we’ve ever seen and have caused major damage on the Calder and Hebble Navigation.

“You only have to walk to Park Nook to understand the havoc the floods wreaked.

“The towpath has been washed away, walls have been destroyed, there’s rubbish lying everywhere, a boat was even lifted on to the bank and dropped against the trees. It really is chaotic.

“We want to get the canal and towpath back to its best as quickly as possible. That’s why we’re asking people to help where they can and this volunteering day will be a great opportunity for us all to pull together and begin to get things back to normal.

“We’ve already had lots of offers of support and we are grateful for any help people can give.”

The Trust has also launched an appeal to help rebuild canals in the heart of flood-hit communities such as those along the Calder and Hebble Navigation. The Boxing Day floods destroyed homes and businesses, damaged historic canals and washed away much-loved stretches of towpath.

More about the appeal at canalrivertrust.org.uk/donate/flood-appeal/.

The meeting point for the clean-up is the Colliers Arms, off Park Road, HX5 9HZ at 10am. For more information on volunteering contact Lucy Dockray on 07767 383736 or lucy.dockray@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

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