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The main priorities of SUMBA's canal adoption are::

1). Maintaining the towpath and lockside

2). Maintaining and infilling hedgerows

3). Managing  canalside vegetation

4). Hedgerow and wildlife surveys

5). Maintaining mooring and picnic sites

6). Undertaking lock maintenance

7). Litterpicking

8). Maintaining canalside infrastructure

9). Volunteering opportunities for all

Our Aims



Hedgelaying will resume in October.

Our next work parties

  •      175 major work parties
  •   2,230 volunteer days
  •   8,985 volunteer hours

In April 2014, under the Canal and River Trust's "Adopt a Your Local Canal" scheme, SUMBA adopted 4 1/4 miles of the Middlewich Branch from Barbridge Junction to Hoolgrave Bridge 11.    In October 2014, with CRT's agreement, SUMBA adopted a further 1 1/4 miles from Bridge 11 to Morris Bridge 15..

The newly formed North West Region of Canal and River Trust has the following opportunities for volunteers:

Let's fish at Blacon, Chester - supporting coaches in taster fishing sessions for children.  2/8, 9/8, 16/8, 23/8, 30/8.

​Poppies: Weeping Window - A section of the world famous ceramic poppy installation, first displayed at the Tower of London, is coming to Middleport Pottery, on the banks of the Trent & Mersey Canal, near Stoke and volunteers are urgently needed to help with visitors.
2/8 - 16/8

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Our Work

Since April 2014 we have achieved: