Volunteers needed for canal’s 200th

Emma Fielding and Matt Taylor
Emma Fielding and Matt Taylor
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Waterways charity the Canal and River Trust wants to recruit new volunteers to welcome visitors to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Burnley.

The Trust runs a public welcome station from its base in Rosegrove and needs volunteers to meet and greet boaters, walkers, cyclists and anglers.

This year the Leeds and Liverpool Canal celebrates its 200th anniversary. The Trust is hoping the canal’s higher profile will result in even more visitors being attracted to the popular waterway, the longest single man-made canal in Britain.

Volunteers play a vital role in the Trust’s work to promote the canal network and engage with visitors.

Matt Taylor, North West volunteer coordinator with the Trust, said: “We are looking for people with a few spare hours each week who are enthusiastic about their local area and enjoy talking to people. We don’t expect volunteers to have an expert knowledge of the canal. Full training will be given.

“This is a great way to meet new people and play a valuable role in helping visitors enjoy themselves. This is a seasonal role and if you enjoy being in the outdoors in the summer months, there are few pleasanter places to be than by our wonderful waterways.”

To find out more email volunteer@canalrivertrust.org.uk or call 0303 040 4040.