The Canal & River Trust charity is appealing for volunteers to join towpath taskforces at canal visitor hotspots including the Anderton Boat Lift.

As the summer season approaches, the Trust is keen to recruit new volunteers to help with the challenging task of caring for 2,000 miles of canals across England and Wales.

No experience is necessary to join one of these practical work parties, which meet at least once a month, to carry out tasks such as hedge-laying, repairing bridges, grass cutting, vegetation clearance and painting lock gates.

Volunteering opportunities are available with the Chester Towpath Taskforce which meets on the last Saturday of each month, Audlem on the second Saturday, Anderton Boat Lift on the first Wednesday and Trevor Basin on the second Wednesday.

Jason Watts, volunteer coordinator with the Canal & River Trust, explained: “We have a mammoth task keeping our canals looking their best for visitors. Volunteers play a vital role in ensuring essential maintenance tasks get carried out so everyone enjoys these popular waterside locations.

“The camaraderie amongst the teams is great and for people who enjoy working outdoors in the fresh air, it is the perfect way to make a positive contribution to your local community and do something really worthwhile.”

For more information on the Canal & River Trust, visit the website or telephone 0303 040 4040.