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Volunteer drive for Ripon canal

Julie Freytage and Stuart Wakefield next to an information board on Ripon Canal. (Picture  Adrian Murray)

Julie Freytage and Stuart Wakefield next to an information board on Ripon Canal. (Picture  Adrian Murray)

The Canal and River Trust is looking for volunteers to carry out further work in Ripon after the successful construction of bird viewing screens.

The newly completed bird viewing screens, between Bell Furrows Lock and Nicholson’s Bridge on Ripon Canal, have proved highly popular with twitchers and towpath users alike with information about the canal also on display.

Julie Freytage, of the Canal and River Trust, said: “There is always something going on that people can get involved in. I think it is of benefit to the canal if volunteers come along with new ideas for improving the canal.”

Other projects carried out by volunteers along the Ripon Canal in the past 18 months have included hedge laying, tree planting, improvements to the area next to the bypass bridge and the painting of lock gates and railings

The new screens – which have replaced bird hides –were constucted by volunteers from a range of backgrounds including several groups of cadets from the Army Apprentice College in Harrogate.

Stuart Wakefield, who has been volunteering for the trust in Ripon for one day a week for almost a year, was involved in the constuction of the bird watching screens throughout the duration of the project.

The retired construction project manager said: “I have always had an interest in canals, wildlife and the great outdoors so I have found great pleasure in working alongside Julie on tasks like these.”

lIf you are interested in volunteering, telephone Claire McDonald on 07920 295943 or email Claire.McDonald@canalrivertrust.org.uk

 

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