Newham volunteers needed to help River Lea

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.