Another haul is lifted from Grand Union during clean-up of city canal

Bike recovered from Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes during clean-up by Canal & River Trust

Bike recovered from Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes during clean-up by Canal & River Trust

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A motor bike, washing machine and electric bicycle were among items pulled from the city’s canal during a clean-up.

Mike Grimes, newly appointed head of boating for the Canal and River Trust (CRT), joined in the autumn canal clean-up throughout Milton Keynes, organised by the MK Branch of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA).

Canal and River Trust head of boating Mike Grimes during clean-up on Grand Union in Milton Keynes.

Canal and River Trust head of boating Mike Grimes during clean-up on Grand Union in Milton Keynes.

Rubbish cleared from the Grand Union Canal and litter-picked from the banks was collected in CRT work boats towed by branch members boats. Apart from the larger items, there was the usual assorted metal and plastic junk and other rubbish. This was the lightest haul of rubbish for some time.

A mud-be-spattered Mike, a member of the heavy grappling team on the large towed hopper, said: “I’ve really enjoyed it – I have had a fantastic day. It’s really good work you are doing.” Six other CRT staff also participated.

The MK Branch of the IWA has been carrying out clean-ups for almost 30 years. It organises bi-annual events sponsored by the Wyvern Shipping Company and supported by the CRT and attracts other local volunteers.