VOLUNTEER lock keepers are needed across Warwickshire.
The Canal & River Trust is keen to recruit at Hatton Locks, Hillmorton near Rugby, Lapworth, Napton and Wilmcote.
More boats now use Britain’s canals than at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Last year over 1,000 people volunteered to be lock keepers, a task which involves helping boaters on their journeys and providing information and advice to visitors on the towpath.
Adnan Saif, regional director the trust, said: “Warwickshire’s canals go through such a diversity of cities, towns and villages and this is reflected in our volunteers. We’ve people from an amazing array of communities and backgrounds.
“We’re looking for people to help bring their local canal to life for everyone who visits. It’s an iconic role, with volunteer lock keepers often known as the ‘face of the canals’, and great for anyone who likes spending time outside and talking to people.
“We value each and every one of our volunteers and appreciate everything they do to help look after our historic waterways. In return we do all we can to ensure they have opportunities to learn new skills and meet new people in a friendly and supportive environment.
“We believe that anything you do to spend more time by water is good for your mental and physical wellbeing, so that’s an extra benefit for everyone.”
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