No crud at Cur­d­worth

Canal Boat - - Letters -

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

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