Epic mission to clean up canal

Chesterfield Canal clean up
Chesterfield Canal clean up

SUPERMARKET trolleys, roadwork signs and bicycles - these are just some of the items pulled from the Chesterfield canal during a recent clean up.

A group of volunteers from the Chesterfield Canal Trust and Retford Civic Society took part in a huge clean up along the canal in Retford on Tuesday 22nd March.

Twenty members did a superb job working their way along about a mile of the towpath and filling 15 black plastic bags with litter of all descriptions.

A group of six trust members worked with their historic boat, Python, to clear the canal itself. One was steering, one was in the hold and four were on the towpath using grappling hooks to dredge the canal bottom.

The boat crew’s catch consisted of - a Wilkinson trolley, an Asda trolley, two cycles, a concrete water hydrant stand, a roadworks barrier, a length steel box section, two roadworks warning signs, a length of down pipe, two umbrella frames, three fish landing nets, two fish landing net handles and a double ended rake and hoe.

A one ton gravel bag almost full with various items was also found full of bottles, plastic bags even underwear and trainers.

The following day, Python met a Bassetlaw Council vehicle at Barnby Wharf to unload all the rubbish.

Having moored overnight at Ranby, they should have got back to their permanent mooring at Shireoaks but this was prevented because vandals had emptied the Bracebridge to Kilton pound and Deep Lock was obstructed by a huge box that had been dropped into the canal.

The gallant crew finally got back on Friday after an epic mission.

Organisers have said that they intend to do more clean ups like this in Bassetlaw.