A team of local volunteers is on the look-out for more recruits, to help look after the 200 year old Leeds Liverpool Canal in Sefton.

The team support the work of the Canal & River Trust – the charity that cares for the waterway, and they meet fortnightly to carry out a variety of different tasks along the canal in Sefton. The next events are on the 19th August and 2nd September. Anyone who is interested needs to email for further details.

The work is part of the Trust’s Towpath Taskforce volunteering project, which encourages people to come out, get their hands dirty and help protect some of the region’s most important wildlife habitats and public open space.  The Taskforce provides regular volunteering opportunities for local communities which, as well as benefitting our canals and rivers, also creates memorable and rewarding experiences for everyone who takes part.

The teams meet regularly and are aimed at encouraging more community ownership of and pride in local waterways.  Projects include painting lock gates, improving access to the towpath, clearing overgrown vegetation, cleaning up litter and graffiti and helping wildlife.

Matt Taylor, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “We’re so grateful to all our volunteers who give up their time to help us improve the canal in Sefton.  We want to make sure it is in the best condition and the more people we have, the more we can get done.  It’s really rewarding and you’ll also get the chance to meet new friends, get out and about in the fresh air and make a difference to your local community.You don’t need any special skills, just some enthusiasm and a can do attitude!”

For more information on the work of the Canal & River Trust visit


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