The Canal & River Trust, has announced plans to host the city’s largest waterfront clean-up on Friday 16th June and is inviting local workers and residents to come down and help out.

The charity, which looks after the Leeds & Liverpool and the Aire & Calder Navigation running through Leeds, has already secured the support of 70 volunteers and 11 community groups, social enterprises, charities and waterside businesses to help clean-up the four-mile stretch of waterfront – all part of its plan to ensure that the waterfront is looking its best for the Leeds Waterfront Festival 24th/25th June.


Volunteers will be working on the four-mile stretch of waterways from Armley Industrial Museum to Thwaites Mills in Hunslet from 10am – 2pm. This includes litter picking from boats, planting flowers and shrubs, painting lock gates, clearing vegetation and paths, and removing graffiti.

“This is the biggest collaboration we’ve organised in Leeds”, said Becca Dent, Volunteer Coordinator, Canal & River Trust. “We’ve had a brilliant response to our callout for support from local organisations who are helping us to preserve the city’s natural environment and its canal heritage, ready for the Leeds Waterfront Festival celebrations. With 30,000 visitors expected to enjoy the activities over the weekend, we want to ensure that people have the best experience possible and encourage more people to use our waterways.


“People can also come down on the day and join in. We will provide all tools and equipment together with expert, friendly support. Just turn up in suitable clothing and footwear, including waterproofs if it’s raining. The Towpath Taskforce offers a great way to meet Trust volunteers and staff, learn new practical skills and spend a few hours outdoors improving the waterway environment.”

The Trust has more informal volunteer opportunities, including volunteer lock keeping and drop-in volunteering sessions so that anyone can get involved with caring for the waterways. More information is available at


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