●» THE Friends of Bollington Towpath invite people to join them this weekend to continue improvements to the canal towpath.
The volunteers work with the Canal and Rivers Trust to carry out a range of work, with the trust providing materials and expert assistance.
Anyone who uses the towpath regularly will have witnessed the improvements made by the volunteers, which recently helped Macclesfield canal become the first ever canal to be awarded Keep Britain Tidy’s coveted Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality green space.
They have tidied the overgrown vegetation and improved the walking surface to Hawthorn Road.
The meeting is on Sunday, August 9 at 9.45am at the top of Hawthorn Road.
Everyone is welcome to attend and should wear heavy shoes or boots.
For more information contact Ian or Mandi on 01625 260159.
The volunteers usually work on the second Sunday of every month.
Encouraged by their input, the Canal and Rivers Trust has also undertaken maintenance work.
This includes reopening the steps from the towpath at Hurst Lane Bridge repairing a damaged handrail, which the volunteers will paint when the weather allows.
They have also recently installed a new bench on the towpath near the top of Hurst Lane.
The 26-mile canal is one of 239 parks and green spaces across the North West proudly flying a Green Flag Award, after being judged to be some of the best in the country.
The good news comes in the same month that the Canal and Rivers Trust celebrates its third anniversary of taking over responsibility for caring for the nation’s 2,000 network of canals and navigable rivers from British Waterways.