Big cleanup for Leeds waterfront

BUSY: Volunteers and Canal & River Trust staff cleaning Leeds waterfront last year.
BUSY: Volunteers and Canal & River Trust staff cleaning Leeds waterfront last year.
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Plans to hold the city’s biggest waterfront cleanup have been unveiled.

The Canal & River Trust is behind the ambitious task on Friday, June 16, and is inviting local workers and residents to help.

The charity that looks after the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Aire and Calder Navigation running through Leeds city centre has already secured the support of 70 volunteers and 11 community groups, social enterprises, charities and waterside businesses to help clean up the four-mile stretch of waterfront.

The effort is part of plans to ensure that the city’s waterfront is looking its best for the Leeds Waterfront Festival on June 24 and 25.

Volunteers will be helping from 10am until 2pm to tidy the four-mile stretch of the city’s waterways, from Armley Industrial Museum, into the city centre and to Thwaites Mills in Hunslet.

The waterfront makeover includes litter picking from a boat, planting flowers and shrubs, painting lock gates, clearing vegetation and paths as well as removing unsightly graffiti.

Becca Dent, volunteer coordinator at the Canal & River Trust, said: “This is the biggest collaboration we’ve organised in Leeds, and even Yorkshire.

“We’ve had a brilliant response to our initial call-out for support from local organisations who are helping us to preserve the city’s natural environment and its canal heritage, ready for the Leeds Waterfront Festival celebrations.”

Some 30,000 visitors are expected to enjoy the activities that will take place during the popular festival.

People can drop in to volunteer between 10am and 2pm on June 16 at Office Lock on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

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