Friends of Bollington Towpath
The Friends of Bollington Towpath will be meeting again on Sunday 13th May at 9.45am
at Hurst Lane Gate
Everyone welcome. Please wear heavy shoes or boots.
About the Friends of Bollington Towpath
The volunteers work closely with the Canal and Rivers Trust to improve the towpath and carry out a range of other much needed work. The Canal and Rivers Trust provide all the materials and expert assistance. Everyone is welcome - please come along to the top of Hawthorn Road Bollington at 9.45am. The Volunteers usually work on the second Sunday of every month.
Anyone who uses the towpath regularly will have witnessed the improvements made by the volunteers. Not only have they tidied the overgrown vegetation and improved the walking surface all the way along to Hawthorn Road but because of their input the Canal and Rivers Trust have undertaken maintenance work themselves.
This includes making safe and reopening the steps from the towpath at the Hurst Lane Bridge but they have also repaired a damaged handrail which the volunteers will paint when the weather allows.They have recently installed a new bench on the towpath near the top of Hurst Lane.
More information about the Canal and Rivers Trust can be found here
The Macclesfield Canal in Cheshire has become the first ever canal to be awarded Keep Britain Tidy’s coveted Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality green space.
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.
The 26 mile Macclesfield Canal is one of 239 parks and green spaces across the North West who today are proudly flying a Green Flag Award, after being judged to be some of the best in the country. In total, 1582 parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens in the UK have met the high standard needed to receive the Green Flag Award or the Green Flag Community Award, in what is another record-breaking year for the award scheme.
In their feedback report on the Macclesfield Canal, the judges state: “There are perceptible changes in culture within the Canal & River Trust compared with the British Waterways of a few years ago. There is a developing sense of a genuine joint effort between the Trust and the community in looking after the Macclesfield Canal. The importance of both the built and natural heritage of the waterways are now high on the Trust’s agenda.