A team of volunteers from Northamptonshire have been recognised for their work to improve an area along the Grand Union Canal at Blisworth.
The Blisworth Canal Partnership was this week presented with an annual Volunteer Recognition Award by the Canal & River Trust, the new waterways charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.
The partnership, one of a number of volunteer groups whose work has helped to transform stretches of waterways across the region, was selected for their excellent, year-round work in supporting and helping to improve the canal in the village of Blisworth.
Their work has included the transformation of an area of scrubland into a nature conservation area, planting it with wildflowers and tree saplings, creating a new pathway and nature trail, installing a new handrail to improve accessibility and organising the hugely successful 2012 Blisworth Canal Festival.
The Volunteer Recognition Awards are presented each year to groups that have had a significant impact on the waterways in England and Wales.
John Highmore, volunteer co-ordinator at the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Blisworth Canal Partnership thoroughly deserve this award as they have dedicated a huge amount of time and energy over the years into improving this stretch of the Grand Union Canal. The effort from the volunteers has transformed this area of the canal, making it a really interesting and attractive place to visit”.
Jan Andrews, from the Blisworth Canal Partnership, said: “We are delighted to receive this award from the Canal & River Trust and to be recognised for all the hard work we do. The canal in this area is really popular and we have really enjoyed helping to improve the area and making this stretch a lovely place to visit. Now we have a new nature trail and pathway we hope many more people will come and visit the waterway and re-discover their local canal”.