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Colleagues get stuck in at Canal & Rivers Trust waterways

On Tuesday 23 May, 13 colleagues volunteered at Woodlesford Lock on the Aire and Calder Canal in their efforts to help maintain the waterways and our partnership with Canal & River Trust.

The Aire & Calder Navigation was built to connect Leeds to the Humber and the North Sea. Woodlesford Lock is about five miles from Leeds and a popular destination for walkers who can enjoy the lovely countryside along the canal towpath. 

We are committed to colleague volunteering and not just because it helps deliver community and environmental benefits. We believe volunteering and spending team building time away from normal duties is very beneficial for the wellbeing of our colleagues. We have volunteering partnerships with the Canal & River Trust, RSPB, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Sheffield Wildlife Trust and the Aire Rivers Trust.

We adopted a one mile stretch of canal at Woodlesford Lock for our colleague volunteering programme in 2013. Since then 192 colleagues have given time to improve and maintain the Lock including 50 last year. 

Anna Murphy, Senior Project Manager at Yorkshire Water said: "The team had a great day working with The Canal & Rivers Trust at Woodlesford Lock. They helped with painting and removal of the invasive plant "Himalayan Balsam". It was nice to do a team building activity where we were able to help out along local waterways".

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