Canal clean-up removes load of old rubbish

Volunteers who cleaned debris from Chesterfield Canal at Renishaw
Volunteers who cleaned debris from Chesterfield Canal at Renishaw
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WHAT a load of rubbish!

Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and removed hundreds of cans, bottles and plastic bags, plus a tyre and even an abandoned shopping trolley from a canal on the outskirts of Sheffield.

The clean-up was organised by Chesterfield Canal Trust at Renishaw.

Coun Brian Ridgway, who represents Renishaw on North East Derbyshire Council, said: “We are delighted the Chesterfield Canal Trust has organised this clean-up. Things look much better now. We hope the local residents will help to keep the area clean in the future.”

The canal at Renishaw is an isolated stretch of Chesterfield Canal, which was restored after the old iron works were removed and a new housing estate was built.

Despite the rubbish, the water contains an abundance of small fish, dragonflies and damselflies. A water main is being moved, which will eventually allow further restoration work.

Derbyshire County Council helped the clean-up by providing equipment such as grappling hooks and removing several bags containing the rubbish.