Plea to adopt mile of canal

Erewash Canal, Langley Mill basin
Erewash Canal, Langley Mill basin

Volunteers who look after the beloved Erewash Canal are inviting the community to ‘adopt’ mile-long stretches of the waterway to help them fund future restoration work.

Since the canal re-opened 40 years ago, the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association (ECP&DA) has cleared the towpath, painted locks and more to keep the canal, which stretches from Langley Mill to Long Eaton, via Ilkeston, in use by the public.

Chairman Howard Smith said: “The canal was built over 230 years ago in 1779 so it’s a massive part of our history and would be a travesty if it wasn’t protected for the future.”

The Canal and River Trust launched the ‘Adopt a Canal’ scheme earlier this year and the ECP&DA has just signed up.

Sean McGinley, waterway manager for the trust said: “The work that the group have done is really inspiring and is making a huge difference. I can’t explain enough how important local communities are to the canal’s future – whether they become a volunteer or join as a Friend of the Trust, it’s support that will help us keep the canals at the heart of the community.”

To ask about adopting a mile of the Erewash Canal, call Michael Golds on 0115 932 8042 or visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer.