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Yorkshire Water Employees Spruce up Woodlesford Lock

Yorkshire Water colleagues have been sprucing up Woodlesford Lock on the Aire and Calder Canal this week.

On Tuesday 17 May, fourteen employees from our Legal and Company Secretariat Team spent the day at the lock near Woodlesford as part of our volunteering programme.

Some fences and walls around the lock which had been underwater for some of the winter were given a new coat of paint. Minor towpath repairs were carried out, the team cleared grass that had been encroaching on the path and removed some Himalayan balsam, an invasive plant.

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. The company has adopted this one mile stretch of canal for its employee volunteering programme. 

Gemma Brooks who led the team of volunteers said: “It’s great to get out on the ground and help make a difference at sites like these. We’re encouraged to volunteer and we get a lot out of the day just by spending it together as a team, doing something different.”

Becca Dent of the Canal and River Trust said; “The volunteers did a great job and their hard work will benefit the local community that use the towpath for walking, cycling and angling.”

“As a charity we rely on the support of volunteers and local communities to help keep our waterways special and places where everyone can visit to relax and escape the pressures of modern life.”

“It’s a win-win situation though as companies like Yorkshire Water tell us that a day out of the office volunteering is great for team building and morale.”

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