Canal cleanup for last day of Festival of the Outdoors

As Sheffield’s Festival of the Outdoors moves towards the last day of the event, organisers are joining forces with the Canal & River Trust, for the Great Canal Clean Up this Saturday.

The cleanup will start at 10am, and will take place from Victoria Quays to Tinsley, covering a stretch around three miles.

People living in the area and local businesses have reacted warmly towards Saturday’s event.

Becca Dent, the Volunteering Development Coordinator for the Canal & River Trust, says: “It is good for organisations to work in partnership. The canal is a great place to enjoy the outdoors and we want as many people to use it as possible. We know that life is better by water.”

The festival aims to get people to enjoy water from a new perspective using paddle boarding, and aims to improve Sheffield’s waterfront environment by removing plastic bottles and other waste from water and the riverbank.

The Environment Agency’s River Fact File reveals the river water quality in Sheffield is fairly good in general, but some places in to the east of the city are classed “bad” quality.

By raising the profile of projects for volunteers to clean up litters on waterways themselves, Ms Dent says that she hopes it could “make people think twice when dropping bottles and see no more litter on waterways” in the near future.

As well as removing litter from rivers, cleaning up contributes to improving water, the environment and promoting the flourish of wildlife in Sheffield as well.

Ms Dent says: “The Trust has an ongoing challenge to ensure the canals are open and inviting places to visit with a wealth of wildlife to see.”

But Canal & River Trust are calling for other social groups to take the partnership to promote the canal as a place to escape and the communities to help care for the canal.”

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