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Trust staff to get their hands dirty

PUBLISHED: 11:23 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:57 25 August 2010

CHARITY workers have adopted a section of a canal near their offices which they will clean every month.

CHARITY workers have adopted a section of a canal near their offices which they will clean every month.

Trust Thamesmead staff will volunteer to clean a section of Butts Canal in Thamesmead town centre, where its offices are based, in a bid to do their bit for the environment.

Working in partnership with environmental charity Thames21, who will provide all the necessary equipment, charity staff will spend a couple of hours every month picking up litter in the canal and on the two paths either side.

The charity's head of community development, David Stone, said: "There is a direct correlation between the level of volunteering and community well-being.

"Thamesmead does not have a dedicated volunteer worker and while there are many community groups that benefit from voluntary action, we are aware of a large unmet demand for volunteering opportunities."

Volunteers will also identify other ways of improving the area such as sourcing litter bins, putting up bird boxes, creating areas of beauty with plants and generally create a more aesthetically pleasing area.

The team started their first clean up yesterday, with the second taking place during national Volunteers Week, on June 1.

If you would like to get involved in the Thamesmead canal clean ups, contact Linda Delieu on 020 8320 4470.

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