Public Services students take potholes to task at Saul Junction

Volunteers from Gloucestershire College have helped spruce up one of the county’s most popular canal locations, after spending a day filling in car park pot holes at Saul Junction near Frampton on Severn.

The important work was carried out by over 30 Uniformed Public Services students, together with staff from the Canal and River Trust – the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales – as part of continued work to improve the area for visitors. See the pictures here.

Saul Junction dates back to 1827 and is the point the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal meets the rural Stroudwater Navigation. The marina, canal heritage and tea rooms make it a much visited site, particularly during the summer months. 

Caroline Kendall, Volunteer Development Coordinator at the Canal and River Trust, said: “We’re very grateful to the team from Gloucestershire College for all their hard work. Saul Junction is a very popular site, especially with boaters, walkers and nature lovers, so it’s good to give it a bit of TLC. 

"Local people do an awful lot to keep the canals ship-shape. We’re always on the lookout for more people join our Towpath Task force of volunteers and help keep this site of important industrial heritage in the condition it deserves. We’re also keen to recruit more volunteers at our Welcome Station, so if you enjoy meeting people and chatting to them about the canal, or carrying out odd maintenance jobs we’d love to hear from you.” 

Richard Coughlin, from Gloucestershire College, added: “The Uniformed Public Services students are completing a Volunteering unit as part of their BTEC course. Being involved in a work-related activity has given them first-hand experience of the benefits that come from getting involved and helping the local community.

“The students were up for the challenge of maintaining the surface of the car park following their recent 1.5-mile litter pick along the canal from Gloucester to Hempsted. They got involved with great enthusiasm, and even refused a break, such was their determination and commitment to getting the job done.”

To find out more about volunteering with the Canal and River Trust visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer.

And find out more about the popular Uniformed Public Services course at Gloucestershire College by watching GC The Movie at www.gloscol.ac.uk/sportandoutdoor

Thanks to the Canal and River Trust for sharing this great story.

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