A NUMBER of organisations got together to stage a major clean-up on the stretch of the Grand Union Canal that runs through Hayes.
Coordinated by waterways charity Thames21, representatives from The Challenge Network, Groundwork Thames Valley, Hayes and Harlington District Scouts, the Sharks Canoe Club and local police cadets joined forces to blitz rubbish both in and alongside the canal.
Starting from Station Road Bridge in Hayes, the teams collected no fewer than 40 bags of litter, grappled many supermarket trollies and bikes out of the water and cut back trees overhanging the water from the decks of the Elsdale 2 – the West London Floating Classroom.
By way of payback, the team - mainly aged between 16 and 17 - were given a canoeing lesson by the Sharks.
Thames21 Hillingdon coordinator Billy Coburn said: “It was a great day and the team from the Challenge Network and the other volunteers worked really hard – it really made a difference.”
“Looking to the future, I am going to be supporting the ‘Cranford Park Friends’ group which is soon to be started in doing educational and restoration days on the River Crane which runs through Cranford Park. I’d invite anyone with an interest to come along to a public meeting which will be held at Harlington Community School in Pinkwell Lane, Hayes at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 17.”
The future of Cranford Countryside Park and conservation area will be discussed and John McDonnell MP will address the meeting and outline his vision for the park. For more information, call 020 8813 6048.
l The next canal restoration day from Station Road Bridge, Hayes will take place on Saturday starting at 10.30am. For more details visit www.thames21.org.uk/event/hayes-town-grand-union-canal-volunteer-restoration-day.