On Saturday, March 16 the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal litter pick will start at the YMCA in Bridgwater and follow the canal towards the bottom of Taunton Road. They will be collecting rubbish from both the waterway and the towpath.
If you have your own kayak/canoe, please feel free to also come along and give them a helping hand. They are advising people to wear a buoyancy aid and to also have public liability insurance (included in British Canoe Membership).
If you have any litter pickers/gloves and bin bags, please bring them along. However, they do have bin bags, bag hoops and litter pickers for people to use.
The aim is to start at 10am sharp. There will be a full briefing for the litter pick at 9.50am – everyone must be present for this. If you wish to collect litter from the towpath, please arrive at 9.40am so you can collect your litter pickers and bag rings etc.
For people who are borrowing equipment from the YMCA, please arrive at 9.30am. They will need to provide you with the correct size buoyancy aid and show you which kayak/canoe you are using.
The Purplespoon Cafe, Catering & Events at the YMCA will give each volunteer who attends the litter pick 10% off hot food & hot drinks on March 16. Vouchers will be handed out when you sign on to the litter pick and can be used before and after the event.
The Inland Waterways Association West Country Branch Volunteers will also be supporting by supplying volunteers and a flat work boat with on-board rubbish, storage containers. They will also dispose of the rubbish removed from the canal and towpath.
No one is too old or too young to join but all children must be supervised by adults.