â€œThrow-awayâ€? citizens of MK beginning to learn? On 23-25 March, the Branch once again did its bit to counter the "throwaway" habits of those Milton Keynes citizens who still see the canal as a dump for their rubbish.
Above: the BW hopper and dredger. Left: a break at Wolverton Park. Photos: Vernon Draper. Among the items recovered were supermarket trolleys, bicycles, motorbikes, road signs, and traffic cones, tools and implements including a ladder, lawnmower, plastic hose, buckets, spades and a wheelbarrow, building sundries including scaffold poles, plywood, tarpaulins, and wire fencing, and domestic items such as TVs, chairs, wheelie-bins, and a sledge, all amounting to over 10 tons. This is slightly less than on past clean-ups, so perhaps the anti-social dumpers are beginning to learn at last. Supported by British Waterways and sponsored by Wyvern Shipping Co, the Clean-up involved some 40 people over the three days, including local residents, members of the Leighton Buzzard and Linslade Scout Troops and Swimming Club, as well as Branch members. Once again, BW provided a 70ft hopper, a 40ft pan, and a dredger and crew. The young participants enjoyed themselves hugely, and all received Certificates of Achievement signed by Branch Chairman Peter Caswell, Wyvern Shipping Director James Griffin, and BW Waterway Manager Jeff Whyatt, Thanks to all who took part. Our next Clean-up takes place on 20-21 October, working southwards from Fenny Stratford to Grove. Our base at Linslade is within weekend reach of the Waterways Museum at Stoke Bruerne, or the Chiltern Hills and Aylesbury. Choice of exciting one or two week cruises including the Thames. 28 luxury boats, 2-8 berth. Boat builders. Repairs. Dry dock. Waterside holiday cottage.
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