Milton Keynes children clean up alongside the canal

Canal clean-up by Hindu Youth Group MK
Canal clean-up by Hindu Youth Group MK

Youngsters have cleaned up our act, after taking part in a towpath clean-up along the Grand Union Canal.

Nine children, aged between six and 16, joined adult helpers from the Canal & River Trust along a two-mile stretch of the canal on Sunday.

The group from Hindu Youth Group MK were taking part in Sewa Day, an international movement embedded in Indian tradition that involves acts of kindness performed selflessly and without ulterior motive.

Together they spent nearly four hours clearing cans, bottles, plastic bags and other litter from the canal towpath, collecting 22 bags of rubbish which were taken away by the Canal & River Trust for recycling.

Vinod Mistry, from Hindi Youth Group MK, said: “Thanks to the Canal & River Trust for all the interesting facts about the canal and making the experience fun for the kids. It is great to see such commitment to the Sewa Day project.”

John Highmore, volunteer co-ordinator for the Canal & River Trust, said: “We supplied the black bags and litter-pickers but the volunteers did all the rest. The canal is a haven for wildlife and a place for people to get away from it all, so it’s important to keep it tidy.

“The kids did a fantastic job and can be really proud of what they achieved. It was great spending the day with them and a privilege to be part of the Sewa Day initiative.”