May 20 2013 Latest news:
Kay Atwal, Chief Reporter
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Newham residents concerned about the environment are needed to help raise funds for the River Lee and improve their local waterway.
The Canal & River Trust has now taken over responsibility for the nation’s canals and waterways from British Waterways in one of the largest ever transfers of assets/infrastructure from the state to the charity sector.
To celebrate its launch, the Canal & River Trust is unveiling its first ever appeal – 50 projects across the country to breathe new life into towpaths and riverbanks.
Locally, the Trust needs help to raise a much needed £10,000 to further enhance the appearance and ecology of the River Lee, which has been transformed over recent years from a neglected and shabby waterway to a vibrant and healthy green corridor running through the heart of the Olympic celebrations.
Actor and comedian, Hugh Dennis, who is supporting the Canal & River Trust’s appeal, said: “For me, canals are a route to work, my running track, or just a place to watch the world go by. The Canal & River Trust needs your help to make your towpaths even more special. Volunteering or making a small donation will make a huge difference to the people and nature along your local waterway.”
For details of the Canal & River Trust, including how to visit, volunteer or donate see www.canalrivertrust.org.uk.