35 volunteers and staff took part in this day long event carrying out improvements to the Tinsley and Sheffield Canal as part of the Blue Loop Community Project.
The stone from the steps at Lumley Road had been stolen so the group replaced this with concrete steps that should stand the test of time. The volunteers also helped with activities such as vegetation maintenance, painting, graffiti removal as well as helping to control invasive species along the bank-side.
The canal towpath also suffers from flooding throughout the year, especially after any rain or snow. This makes the area more difficult to access, which is why the work was so important. A series of cross drains were dug and filled with stone by the students to ensure that water can drain in to the canal preventing the footpath from flooding.
Hellen Hornby, Blue Loop River Steward said: “There were over 30 willing volunteers from Sheffield University who study a variety of courses from engineering to conservation. They made a real difference to a rather dilapidated set of steps which can now be used again safely giving people greater access to the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal and the whole Blue Loop”.
David Craig, one of the University volunteers said: "It was a good experience with a nice friendly atmosphere so this made the day very enjoyable. It was also organised very well."
Everyone worked very hard on the day and all the Volunteers did a great job. But we wouldn't have been able to do the work without the funding from Sheffield University. Hopefully we can get more people using the area now it has been improved and plan more activities with local people in this area. We would like to say a big thank you to the University and to everyone who gave up their time to help.
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