Volunteers find old mattress, fire extinguisher and road sign during Chesterfield canal clean up

A total of 15 people from the Chesterfield Litter Picking Group and the Chesterfield Canal Trust, including several canoeists and paddle boarders, cleared the towpath and canal over Tapton Lock on April 12.

Volunteers removed debris stuck to branches, including an elm that had collapsed in the canal and found a newt under an old mattress that had been dumped on the bank.

Later that afternoon, a second group of 35 people cleared rubbish on the now unrestored section of the Renishaw canal.

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Volunteers from the Chesterfield Litter Picking Group and the Chesterfield Canal Trust cleaned the towpath and canal over Tapton Lock over the weekend.Volunteers from the Chesterfield Litter Picking Group and the Chesterfield Canal Trust cleaned the towpath and canal over Tapton Lock over the weekend.

The cleaning team found drinking bottles and cans as well as a tire, a traffic sign, a fire extinguisher and a garden seat while collecting the garbage.

Volunteers planning to contact the companies returning to the canal and urging them to stop throwing trash on the banks will be cleaning up regularly every last Saturday of the month.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust is hoping to set up a new group of volunteers in Renishaw to eventually manage their section of the canal and tend the adjacent forests and fishing ponds.

The Trust plans to start a major restoration project in Renishaw this fall – adding another 1,000 meters to the canal, and eventually connecting it to the Doe Lea Valley restoration section once planning permission has been granted.

Volunteers removed debris and found a newt under an old mattress along the bank.

Work is expected to be completed in 2024 and will expand the restored Derbyshire canal from five miles to seven and a half miles.

A 37 meter long aqueduct is also being built nearly 10 meters above the Doe Lea River to provide a towpath for hikers, cyclists and mobility scooter users.

New fishing grounds will become available where residents can rent boats, canoes and paddle boards for the canal.

On Saturday, Chesterfield Canal Trust Member Secretary Kath Auton stated, “Today has been a wonderful day.

Canoeists and paddle boarders also joined in the cleanup.

“We met so many locals who are interested in restoring the canal and getting it back into the water.

“It will be a real asset to Renishaw.

“I can hardly wait for the next clear-up on May 29th.”

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