I have a cunning plan and I need your help, but more of that later read on. Yesterday evening (Wed) and again this morning (Thu) I set out with a black bin liner, a lazy hand and a bucket I walked along the tow path picking up rubbish I found in the hedgerow. Also I picked up odd bits of wood and from piles of ash I picked up unburned coal. I collected one bag full of rubbish and two yes 2 buckets full of fuel for my fire, this included about half a bucket of coal.
I am quite pleased that I removed so much rubbish from the towpath/hedgerow, but more pleased that Thursday night I didn’t need to use any fuel that I had paid for and instead kept the boat warm for free.
Now to my cunning plan. For about two years now I have walked around the area of my mooring from the wharf to the pub then on to the road side up to the traffic lights along the foot path and under Langford Lane bridge back to the wharf I have picked up all the litter I saw about once or twice a month. Often I collected a bin liner full. It kept the area clean.
Now I reckon if we all armed ourselves with a lazy hand which can be bought from ARGOS for only £9.99 then when we arrived at a new mooring, be it in a town or in the country, we could all take the time to a) forage for fuel and b) pick up the litter that others wantonly leave behind then we will be warn in our boats and the towpath will be so much cleaner. If you only did 100 yards it would make a difference, a big difference.
I would suggest clearing up doggy doo but that might be a bit too much to ask, but if you feel you can do that then the local council will provide bags FOC or TESCO basic nappy sacks are only 9p per 100.
I would like to think that a good many of you would climb on board with this and even encourage your friends to join in. OK OK I know you are thinking ’it is not my job’ well no you are probably right, however BW do not have the resources to do it and the C&RT will defiantly not. So logically if we want to see our canals cleaner it really is up to us to sort this out.
So who will join in? You know you might as well say yes or I will nag everyone for months and I am so good at carrying on don’t you know. Photographs of participants and their haul can be sent here and I will post them.