Notts County Foundation has today (23 May) announced the adoption of its local section of the Nottingham & Beeston Canal.
The area, which measures approximately 40 metres in total, will see the award-winning charity implement new schemes to preserve and maintain the site throughout the remainder of 2022 and beyond. Predominantly focussing on rejuvenating the area’s shrubbery, clearing the waterways, and repainting parts of the walkways, the news follows Notts County Foundation’s announcement that it has allocated all members of staff two-days to undertake voluntary work for a local charity of their choosing, with a number already selecting the Canal & River Trust.
Sam Crawford, chief finance officer at Notts County Foundation, said: “We are incredibly proud to be working alongside the Canal & River Trust to support the fantastic work that they are doing to protect and maintain the Nottingham & Beeston Canal.
“This new scheme will be a fantastic way of encouraging both our members of staff and the beneficiaries of our projects and programmes to become more involved in the regeneration and sustainment of an area of distinct natural beauty within the local area.”
The adoption will see Notts County Foundation incorporate the Canal & River Trust’s ‘wellbeing by water’ ideology across its range of physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing programmes by providing participants with opportunities to get involved with the redesign of the area’s flower beds and natural features.
Phil Mulligan, regional director for the Canal & River Trust, said: “We are really excited to be working with Notts County Foundation and are so grateful that they have adopted their local stretch of canal.
“The canal is such a key place for those who live on the doorstep, giving them easy access to nature and a place to give their physical and mental health a boost.
“This is a notable example of a local organisation taking ownership of their nearest stretch of water and helping to make it even better for people and wildlife. As a charity, this kind of support is vital in helping us to protect and preserve the city’s waterways, and we hope it inspires other organisations that want to get involved.”