Canal adopted by Leeds girl guide pack

Members of the 7th Roundhay Brownies and 1st Barwick-in-Elmet Rainbows getting started.
Members of the 7th Roundhay Brownies and 1st Barwick-in-Elmet Rainbows getting started.
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A girl Guide pack is lending Leeds a hand by adopting part of the Aire and Calder navigation.

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and members of The Senior Section and Trefoil Guild from Leeds have seized the opportunity to improve the waterway by joining the Canal & River Trust’s Adopt a Canal initiative.

The girls have adopted the Leeds Lock and towpath area adjacent to Clarence Dock.

Girl Guiding Leeds group co-ordinator Anne Esslemont said: “We are always looking for different activities to do outdoors and for new opportunities for community action so a canal adoption was perfect.

“The location is easily accessible for all our members and the project is flexible so everyone can get involved from our youngest Rainbows upwards.”

Girl Guiding Leeds is the latest of more than 80 community groups across England & Wales to adopt one to two-mile long lengths of canal or river and help transform some of the Trust’s 2,000 miles of waterways.

The pack’s adoption will help bring benefits to the waterway and support the Canal & River Trust’s essential year-round maintenance to locks, bridges and aqueducts.

The girls participating in the project will start with safety sessions before getting stuck in to activities such as painting railings, planting bulbs, weeding towpath edges and clearing litter and graffiti.

Claire McDonald, Canal & River Trust developer, said: “The waterways are a terrific resource to have on our doorstep and everyone can be really proud that they’re giving something back to the local community.”

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