Boaters and locals to clean up Regent’s Canal

A photo from a previous canal clean-up

A photo from a previous canal clean-up - Credit: Archant

Boaters and local people will on Sunday take to the water and towpaths to clean up a section of Regent’s Canal that runs from Islington Tunnel to Mile End Park.

Members of the Canal Clean Up Crew and volunteers will meet at 10am on the towpath by Broadway Market before making their way on foot or on kayaks – which will be provided free of charge – to pick up litter along the canal.

“The Canal and River Trust does a great job of taking care of the waterways but a bit more can be done,” Kelly Holt, who lives on the canal, said.

“Lots of people use the toe paths in the summer and we find all kinds of things in the canal from cuddly toys to wine bottles and fridges. Things often get caught on the propellers of our boats and I’ve personally pulled jogging bottoms and a rose bush off mine.”

She added: “We are a floating community but the Regent’s Canal is well-loved by all – including those with businesses here, who live nearby, or who run or cycle on the towpaths so it would be good to get together as a community.

“It’s also an opportunity for people to get to know us and ask us questions about how we live, move.”

There are around 30 bookable spaces available in kayaks which you can book by ringing: 07492932431.

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There will be an after party at the Date Café in Dalston at 6pm.

For more information visit the group’s Facebook page at

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