Honouring hard work improving city waterways

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council
Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council
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VOLUNTEERS who give their time to help conservation efforts on Sheffield waterways are to be honoured.

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, will present an award to members of the Blue Loop community project tomorrow.

The accolade has been given by the Canal and River Trust, the charity responsible for the nation’s waterways, in recognition of the ‘important’ work carried out to improve wildlife habitats on waterways such as the River Don and the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal.

The Blue Loop Troop volunteers have been working hard to keep the banks free from harmful litter, tackling overgrowing greenery and ensuring that the waterways are clean, green, attractive places for water wildlife and people to visit.

Held every Wednesday, the Blue Loop Troop volunteer sessions have proved extremely popular, regularly attracting up to 20 volunteers. Since the project began in 2010 the volunteers have completed works worth a total of £30,000.

More than 40 people are registered as volunteers with the project and they include retirees, Burmese Karen refugees, university students and jobseekers.