Pennine Waterways News

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Get Closer to Nature on the Rochdale Canal!

People in East Manchester will be able to get even more benefit from the Rochdale Canal following the appointment of a new Canal Community Liaison Officer.

Rhys Wynne (pictured) has been appointed by The Waterways Trust to work with communities in Miles Platting, Newton Heath and others in the East Manchester area over the next two years, to help them get the most from the wildlife-rich waterway.

Rhys explained that the Canal Connections East Manchester project, funded by Natural England as part of its Access to Nature programme, will create opportunities for local people to play an active role in the interpretation, promotion and care of their local natural environment. This would help to build a strong sense of ownership of the canal.

"We will also be putting together a range of training, learning and volunteering opportunities to enable people living in the area get out and discover this waterway," said Rhys. "In addition, there will be activities to help people improve their health and wellbeing such as free guided nature walks.

"I'm really looking forward to enabling the community to get involved with artists to help them to celebrate the canal and the wildlife that lives there." said Rhys.

The Waterways Trust owns the Rochdale Canal and also promotes a Canal Connections Calderdale project along the West Yorkshire section of the Rochdale Canal.

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