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Can you adopt a piece of canal near you?

Could you help look after local waterways by adopting a one mile stretch? That’s the challenge from the Canal and River Trust (CRT) which is urging local communities to play a bigger part in looking after the waterways on their doorstep.

The call comes as part of the charity’s wider plans to ensure that Wigan’s waterways continue to thrive and don’t fall back into the dereliction of the mid-twentieth century, when some sections were almost lost forever.

Adoption groups will work in partnership with the Trust in order to make their local waterway shine; anything from improving wildlife habitats and access for local people, to creating a linear veg-patch for the community. Each group works at least one day a month for 12 months and agrees the projects they want to prioritise to make their mile matter.

To support the call, the Trust has published an online map that showcases existing adoption groups and areas that are available for people to support.

The Trust also has more informal volunteer opportunities including volunteer lock keeping and drop-in volunteering sessions.

More information is available at

For full details of the volunteer map visit