Grand Western Canal gets a spring clean

Posted on: 28 March 2018

Visitors to the Grand Western Canal Country Park are urged to dispose of their litter properly to ensure that the area remains safe and clean for everyone.

On Saturday (March 24) volunteers collected ten sacks of rubbish from the beauty spot, six of which are recyclable.

Much of the litter dropped is in car parks and along the towpath. Items range from dog poo bags and tissues to food and drink packaging.

Two Volunteer Wardens from the Friends of the Grand Western Canal and 15 members of the Tiverton Volunteer Litter Pickers gave up their Saturday to scour known litter hotspots including the Tiverton Canal Basin to Manley Bridge section and at Swans Neck and Sampford Peverell.

The community clean-up day was organised by Devon County Council’s Grand Western Canal Ranger Service, as part of Keep Britain Tidy – Great British Spring Clean.

Visitors are urged to use the waste bins provided and if none are close by, to take the rubbish home with you.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for

Cllr Roger Croad

Community, Public Health, Transportation and Environmental Services, said:
“Thank you to all the volunteers and rangers for their efforts. This annual event is a good way to highlight the impact that litter has on our beautiful countryside and encourage people to do the right thing and dispose of their litter responsibly and properly.”

Councillor Ray Radford, Devon County Council’s local division member

Cllr Ray Radford

for Willand and Uffculme and Mid Devon District Councillor for Halberton, said:
“The country park is consistently named one of the best green spaces in the UK. I urge everyone to do their bit to ensure it stays like that.”

Councillor Colin Slade, Devon County Council’s local member for Tiverton

Councillor Colin Slade

East said:
“The county park is a fantastic free resource for people to use and we are fortunate to have it. Thank you everyone who gave up their time to ensure it’s clean, safe and tidy for everyone.”

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