Amazing honour for Ripon canal and its volunteers

Canal and River Trust Waterway Operative Julie Freytag with volunteers Tom Cutting, Duncan Clark and Malcolm Perkins. (1807192AM1)
Canal and River Trust Waterway Operative Julie Freytag with volunteers Tom Cutting, Duncan Clark and Malcolm Perkins. (1807192AM1)

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a small team of volunteers, Ripon canal has gained a prestigious Green Flag award in recognition of its importance to the community and the environment.

Cared for by the Canal and River Trust, this latest recognition for Ripon canal builds on an exciting drive to promote the waterway even more as a tourist attraction.

Volunteer of four years for the canal, Duncan Clark, said, “The award is a recognition of the high standard we have all achieved as a community, and we want to stress that the canal is open for the public to come and enjoy.”

Customer operations manager at the Trust, Mike Marshall, said: “We know that canals improve the wellbeing of those who visit, and we’re thrilled that Ripon canal has been recognised with a Green Flag award, highlighting how important this waterway is for the local community, visitors, and wildlife.

“In particular, the judges commended the efforts and enthusiasm of staff and volunteers in maintaining the canal and its features and habitats, and also noted the interesting bird life in the area.

“Everyone who volunteers or donates is helping to make our waterways such special places where people can come to boost their wellbeing, so we thank them all for their continued support.”

Ripon canal joins 12 other Canal and River Trust sites to be recognised in the Green Flag scheme, which is run by Keep Britain Tidy.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.”

To find out more about how to support your local waterway and see what’s happening near you this summer, visit the Trust’s website: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

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