New weapon in war against dumped shopping trolleys

The Canal & River Trust have teamed up with Trolleywise, a national organisation set up to retrieve abandoned supermarket trolleys. Trust staff, volunteers and members of the public can now report trolleys they find dumped in the canals and waterways via a free downloadable app or by contacting Trolleywise direct.

By informing Trolleywise via their smartphone app or by contacting them directly, the location of an abandoned trolley is logged. Trolleywise will then remove the trolley from the water and recover the cost from the individual supermarket.

Litter pick along and in the canal!

Thanks to everyone who came out to help at our Christmas litter pick along the canal. It was a really good turnout considering it was the day after Boxing Day. Special thanks goes to Dan Daye who used his canoe to collect lots of litter from the canal water. Lots of alcoholic drink cans, perhaps unsurprisingly. There is still lots more to do and Dan plans to take his canoe out again on Tuesday.

Dan collecting litter from the canal

Dan collecting litter from the canal


Painting along the canal

Members of Worcester Canal Group and volunteers from St Paul’s Hostel spent the first three days of last week painting images commemorating the history of waterway on a section of the wooden boards bordering the former home of Worcester City FC, where 80 new homes are currently being built.


The group’s chairman Graham Fowler said he hoped the project would help make the canal a more pleasant area.

“There have been three incidents along the canal between Lansdowne Park and here over the last three months. We want to make it feel a bit more welcoming and safe. Given how many developments there are going to be along the canal it probably won’t be the last time we do this.”

Graham added that the paint had been donated by the Worcester Resource Exchange in Shrub Hill and developers Careys New Homes had helped by advising the group which piece of the hoarding would stay up the longest.

“The canal is a big part of the city’s identity. It’s an amazing piece of heritage because you’ve got the old football ground and there used to be the brickworks on the other side. It seems more part of the city than the River Severn.”


Thanks to all the litter pick volunteers

Thank you to everyone who turned up for our regular litter pick on Saturday. We had so many people that we ran out of litter pickers! Hence, with the help of Suzanne from the CRT, some of us did some gardening along the towpath by Tallow Hill car park, clearing back the vegetation in order to restore the towpath to its full width. It was amazing to discover how much had been lost beneath the encroaching ivy and other plants. We only managed to cover a small area, so this will be an ongoing task.

We are planning to continue with our regular litter pick at the end of December, despite it being close to Christmas. A chance to walk off some of the over-eating we usually indulge in! See you then I hope.