Club supports canal work

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Rotary – Amber Valley recently presented the Friends of Cromford Canal (FCC) with several sets of hi-vis work wear.

The vests and waterproof trousers will be worn by FCC work party volunteers who regularly undertake maintenance, conservation and restoration work along the canal’s 15 mile length.

The kit was handed over by Rotary – Amber Valley President, Paul Ramsbottom.

Also present were FCC Grants Officer John Guyler, Ironville work party team leader Pete Clark, together with Howard Doran and Chris Riggott from Rotary – Amber Valley.

The main focus of FCC at present is clearing vegetation around Ironville Locks, where long term restoration work is also in progress.

The new work wear clearly identifies the work party as FCC volunteers and helps raise awareness of the friends as a conservation and community amenity body.

On the day, several towpath walkers noticed the new uniforms and stopped to ask about the work being carried out.

Experience along the canal at Bullbridge and Sawmills has shown that once the local community’s interest is engaged, people are keen to adopt ‘their’ canal and get involved with maintenance and restoration.

The 2015 season starts on March 15, featuring regular public trips on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as a busy programme of private charters and schools trips focusing on social history, nature and the contrasts between modern times and the area’s rich industrial heritage.

For details of the trip schedule or booking enquiries, call 07552055455 or e-mail boat@cromfordcanal.org.uk.