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Volunteer work party

After a very long break due to COVID, we are tentatively making a start with work parties again on Friday, 25th June, with a Himalayan Balsam bashing session near to Bridge 70 at Crumpwood.

We do have some COVID-related restrictions on the activity with the obvious one being that we will need to meet on site, not in Denstone as we cannot allow people to share vehicles unless they have arrived together. As regular volunteers will know, we cannot cope with more than a couple of vehicles on site so we ask attendees to walk from either Denstone or Alton if you are able to.

Meet on site at Bridge 70 at 10am having made your own way on foot. The site is a little over a mile walk down the old railway track from either Denstone or Alton. When you see the new section of towpath next to milepost 23, walk down this to the bridge. Please contact me if you need to bring a vehicle to site. We will need to ensure that access for South Staffs Water vehicles is maintained throughout the day, so may need to turn people back if vehicles turn up unexpectedly.

The session will run from 10 - 3, please bring your own lunch and drinks, if staying for the day. You are more than welcome to come for just an hour or two if you want to. Please bring your own gloves if you can. We will not be handing out hi-viz jackets or asking volunteers to sign in on this occasion.

In an update to the information previously published, we are planning to have a welfare van on site for this requiring toilet facilities. Many thanks to Beth at Canal & River Trust for arranging this.

If you have any questions please phone Steve Wood, on 07976 805858 or email