Volunteers needed to teach history of Stratford’s rivers

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 December 2016

Carpenters Road lock

Carpenters Road lock

Canal and Waterways Trust

Volunteers are needed to help bring Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s waterways alive for children.

The Canal and River Trust has a programme of more than 40 school visits planned for next year to introduce a new generation to the history, science and ecology of the Bow Back rivers.

The trips have been organised as part of a £1.75million project to restore the Carpenter’s Road lock in the middle of the park.

Work is expected to be completed in the spring and is one of the final pieces of a decade-long programme to restore the rivers, which ceased to be used by boats in the 1960s.

Joanna Steele, the Canal and River Trust’s heritage activities officer, said: “The Bow Back rivers that weave through the park have a fascinating history. They’re home to a huge array of wildlife and have a special role in the community.

“We’re on the lookout for inspiring volunteers who can bring these stories to life for hundreds of local schoolchildren.

“As a charity we rely so much on volunteers, and their impact is huge. If you’re keen to get involved do get in touch.”

The trust is looking for people who can be flexible but commit to at least three or four days a month, usually between 9am and 3.30pm on weekdays. Training will be provided.

For more information and to apply, visit

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