Canal Boat - - Canal Boat News -

Hon­estly, the canal news this year has been rub­bish. No, se­ri­ously. Quite lit­er­ally. First there was the ‘ecofriendly gon­dola’ in Venice, made en­tirely from scrap wooden veg­etable crates dis­carded by the city’s fa­mous Rialto Mar­ket. Next it was the turn of Am­s­ter­dam, where it was re­ported that eco-tourism and clean­ing the city’s many canals (it has more miles than Venice and Birm­ing­ham put to­gether!) were tak­ing off to the point where a trip-boat op­er­a­tor was of­fer­ing the op­tion to pay 30 Eu­ros to go on a rub­bish-clear­ing trip (with a prize for the most in­ter­est­ing ob­ject re­trieved). Per­haps more po­ten­tially pop­u­lar with Canal Boat’s read­ers, though, was a re­port that af­ter prob­lems dur­ing the hot sum­mer of rev­ellers en­joy­ing them­selves on Dublin’s canal banks and leav­ing piles of lit­ter for oth­ers to clear up, a lo­cal pub was of­fer­ing vol­un­teers a free beer for ev­ery bag of trash col­lected and handed in. Fi­nally closer to home, in late sum­mer vol­un­teers on the Slough Arm spot­ted a good way to pub­li­cise their ef­forts, em­ploy­ing a lo­cal artist to help turn the rub­bish they’d pulled out into a dragon sculp­ture which they chris­tened ‘Junkzilla’.

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