No crud at Curdworth
AS ONE OF the volunteers who help look after the locks at Curdworth, I was surprised to read about Neil Barnett’s experience with litter as he boated along the Curdworth flight ( CB, Dec) as I and many of the boaters that travel along this stretch know it to be a lovely part of the waterways.
I want to point out that the volunteers at Curdworth did not undertake the vegetation works you saw when you visited, this is carried out by Canal & River Trust employees as part of their planned maintenance and this has always been the case. However, the volunteers do regularly walk the towpath with a litter-picker and remove floating rubbish. In fact, we are frequently praised by boaters for keeping the canal and towpath looking tidy.
There is always more that can be done but there is only so much our team of seven volunteer lockkeepers can do working just two days a week in addition to helping boaters through the locks. But if anyone wants to lend a hand and help us, please do let us know. With a few extra people helping we can tackle the problems you highlighted. Our aim is to have enough volunteers to cover every day of the week and expand to include the Minworth locks in addition to Curdworth. DAVID GODBEHERE, Lead Volunteer at Curdworth Locks