Curdworth crud; Enemy Agents?; lock safety; how about a narrowboat cruiser?
WHEN TRAVELLING THROUGH the Curdworth flight towards Fazeley Junction we came across Canal & River Trust volunteers busily trimming the edges of the lockside lawns.
Creditable work, of course, and aesthetically pleasing for boaters and towpath walkers alike. However, just before arriving there we had ploughed our way through no end of litter debris floating along the canal. Plastic bottles, polythene of varying sizes and types, and even an unravelled roll of black bin bags stretching right across the canal.
While recognising it’s good to keep lockside lawns looking trim and neat, I would have much preferred that some of the volunteers had been deployed trying to rid the canal of at least some of the floating rubbish to help prevent boaters having it around the propeller.
I recognise that this task would be most effectively carried out with the use of a small boat, which might not be available, but surely a couple of volunteers walking the towpath from time to time armed with a long-handled litter-picker, boathook or fishing net would manage to remove quite a lot of the floating debris within reach?
I know resources are limited, in particular with regard to the acquiring and deployment of volunteers, but surely this would be a more productive and beneficial use of their time.