The Canal and River Trust is appealing to the Ripon community to adopt mile-long lengths of waterway to help transform the UK’s canals and rivers.
The trust, which protects 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, is calling on communities across North Yorkshire to adopt waterways after the success of its pilot project.
The appeal comes exactly one year after the historic waterways were taken over by the trust, on July 2, 2012 – the largest ever single transfer of state assets to the voluntary sector.
Mark Penny, regional partnership chairman for Yorkshire and Teesside, told the Gazette: “Anniversaries are a good time to celebrate and thank the hard work of volunteers and partners. They are also an opportunity to look to the future and encourage more people to get involved. That’s why we are calling for more community groups to come forward and adopt a section of their local canal.
“It is easy to forget that 500 miles of canals were lost in the last century because not enough people cared and too many people took them for granted. This should act as a reminder that it doesn’t matter how much money, time and effort we all invest in caring for our precious waterways, they will only survive in the long-term where local communities take pride in them and help us improve them.”
Working in partnership with the trust’s local teams and regional partnerships, local communities can help shape the future of local waterways, including the Ripon Canal. For more information visit the website www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer