Learning disabilities group honoured for environment work

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A unique project for Sheffield people with learning disabilities is today being presented with a Waterway Adoption Certificate after agreeing to maintain a stretch of canal.

Adsetts Canal Project has taken on tasks such as cutting back overgrown vegetation along the towpath, painting out graffiti on bridge holes and lock beams, and litter picking along the towpath.

The project will look after a half-mile stretch of the canal, supporting the work of the Canal and River Trust, which manages the waterway.

Earlier this month, the trust invited communities across Yorkshire to come forward to adopt mile-long lengths of waterway to support a campaign which could help transform miles of waterways.

South Yorkshire is home to many miles of waterways including the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal, Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigations, Stainforth and Keadby Canal and New Junction Canal.

More groups are urged to come forward to help maintain the county’s canals.

Mark Penny, Canal and River Trust regional partnership chairman, said: “We need more people to follow the example of groups like Adsetts.”

Community groups are invited to record and improve wildlife habitats, maintaining towpaths, fundraise and help combat anti-social behaviour.

Visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer, email volunteer@canalrivertrust.org.uk or call 0303 040 4040 for details.