Birmingham’s first canal towpath taskforce assembles
Residents from Birmingham’s unique island community have teamed up with Canal and River Trust to create a Towpath Taskforce which focuses on improving and maintaining the green corridor along the local canal.
Volunteers from the Port Loop neighbourhood assemble twice each month to contribute their time and skills, taking on tasks to keep the local area looking it’s best.
Most recently the team have worked together to paint locks, add new planting to the hedges and repair the towpaths. They also take to the water in a bell boat, with the help of an experienced helm from Canal and River Trust, to remove litter from the waterways.
Efforts from the Towpath Taskforce not only ensure the area surrounding Port Loop is tidy for humans to enjoy, but also protects this precious habitat which is home to many species of wonderful wildlife, ensuring they are protected from the dangers posed by plastic waste and litter pollution.
Adam Willetts, Associate Director for Port Loop, said: “Our distinctive island development is encircled by waterways, so it’s fantastic to see that our Port Loop community are supporting the Towpath Taskforce to take ownership and responsibility for the waterways surrounding their homes.
“There is already a brilliant sense of community spirit in the neighbourhood, so I know every volunteer relishes the chance to catch up and make a positive impact each time they meet as a Taskforce. We can’t thank them enough for their ongoing efforts to keep everywhere looking ship-shape for humans and wildlife alike!”