Adults with learning disabilities have been honoured for years of conservation work on a Sheffield waterway.
Volunteers at Adsetts Canal Project, set up in 1987, regularly cut back overgrown vegetation, carry out litter picks and rid the Sheffield and Tinsley canal area of graffiti.
They were among the first to take up an invitation from the Canal and River Trust for volunteers and community groups to adopt their own stretch of waterway to look after.
Now the trust has held up the project as a shining example to others in a bid to encourage more people to sign up to the scheme.
Volunteer co-ordinator Claire McDonald praised Adsetts leader Dave Scott as the pair boarded a canal boat on Sheffield’s marina.
He donned a life jacket to receive the official adoption certificate for the project’s one-mile stretch.
She said: “We need more people to follow the example of groups like Adsetts who are getting out and caring for their waterways.
“Their support is invaluable to us and we hope this will act as an inspiration to others to get involved.
“The canal and river system will only survive in the long term when local communities take pride in them and help us improve them.”
Earlier this month the trust asked communities across South Yorkshire to come forward and support the campaign.
There are adopting opportunities along the Sheffield and Tinsley, Stainforth, Keadby and New Junction canals and Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigations.
Groups can record and improve wildlife habitats, maintain towpaths, help fundraise and run educational events.
Adoption information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0303 040 4040.