Sheffield clean-up

Published: Friday, 02 July 2010

LOCAL MP Clive Betts will be visiting the waterway in Sheffield to see the start of the Adsetts Canal Project summer clean-up.

This follows on from British Waterways Towpath Tidy, when a team of its staff together with members of the Adsetts Canal Project will tackle a stretch of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation behind Don Valley Stadium. The main focus will be on the removal of debris and litter, as well as tidying up a local mooring site.

Adsetts Canal Project was formulated in 1987 and gives adults with learning disabilities the chance to carry out beneficial works along the waterway, such as vegetation management, graffiti removal, painting at bridge holes and lock beams, tree planting and also litter management.

A spokesman for British Waterways tells us:

"The waterways have grown tremendously in popularity over recent years with over 11 million people using them for walking, cycling, running, canoeing and fishing but they can occasionally be blighted by littering, fly tipping and graffiti which puts a heavy strain on limited resources.

"This spring clean will bring wildlife and environmental benefits to the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, as well as providing a welcome boost to the year-round work carried out by British Waterways. It also highlights the range of opportunities there are for members of the public to discover more about the fantastic resource they have on their doorsteps and help care for them during the year."