What a load of old rub­bish!

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A LIST OF all the junk you’ll find if you drain an av­er­age lock has been pro­duced by the Canal & River Trust as part of its cam­paign to dis­suade people from us­ing canals as rub­bish tips. And, as if to back up CRT’s anal­y­sis, the an­nual spring clean­ing sea­son has seen vol­un­teers all over the coun­try haul­ing out all sorts of junk.

On the Birm­ing­ham Canal Nav­i­ga­tions, the an­nual BCN Clean Up tar­geted the Wal­sall Canal with around 70 vol­un­teers from dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions com­bin­ing their ef­forts to clear the en­tire eight miles from Rid­ers Green to Wal­sall.

They dragged out such var­ied items as a vacuum cleaner, a gas bar­be­cue, a lawn­mower, an elec­tric gui­tar (lead­ing to jokes among the vol­un­teers about ‘los­ing a Fender in the cut’) – and more than 40 tyres from a sin­gle bridge­hole.

Mean­while, on the Coven­try Canal there was a clean up with a dif­fer­ence: Anker Val­ley Ca­noe Club pad­dled the two miles from Hartshill to Nuneaton – and filled up three open ca­noes with the 15 bags of rub­bish they pulled out.

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