Make a difference along your local canal

Be a part of the volunteering and biodiversity programme on the Grand Union Canal in Old Oak and Park Royal.

Part funded by OPDC, the Towpath Taskforce, run by the Canal and River Trust, aims to improve the environmental conditions of the canal, enhance the sense of local ownership, and invite the local community to be part of a legacy of volunteering.

Why get involved?

Volunteering offers a great way to meet other local Trust volunteers and staff, learn new practical skills, hear about other volunteer opportunities or just spend a few hours outdoors improving your local environment.

What to expect

On arrival you’ll be greeted by the taskforce leader who will run through what’s to be done that day, assign tasks and demonstrate the safe use of any equipment. They’ll help make sure the task is suited to your ability and be on hand throughout the session to provide help, advice and the all-important tea and biscuits.

Tasks vary on a regular basis and may include:

  • lock-painting
  • hedge-planting
  • weeding gardens
  • litter-clearance from land and water
  • repairing towpaths
  • and more!

What to bring

Please wear clothes appropriate for weather conditions and sturdy, closed footwear.

All other tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support from the team.

Upcoming opportunities

Join in for the next volunteering event on Wednesday 13th September from 10am-1pm.

You can expect to take part in litter picking activities to make the towpath a more welcoming place to visit.

To register for the event and find out more information, please visit here.  

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