Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

●» 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.

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