Weed Watch -Chesterfield Canal

We are experiencing large volumes of weed on the Chesterfield Canal and want to make you aware that you may experience difficulties navigating certain sections for the reminder of the Summer and into the Autumn of 2012

This year we have been cutting weed on the canal since May and currently have two weed harvesters removing weed growing from the bed of the canal in the channel.  The weed harvesters have worked from Shireoaks Marina to West Stockwith, though the majority of their work has been concentrated in the Hayton / Clayworth area.

In addition, in certain areas, reeds from the sides of the channel have broken off and have created floating island of reeds in the canal.  These have been seen on the canal between Manton and Drakeholes.  We are working to remove these reeds using a combination of floating and land based plant to move them to a suitable location to be picked out of the canal, and will continue to do so.

Please be assured, we will do everything within our resources to tackle the weed and apologise for the inconvenience caused. We would also ask you to inform us of weed sightings by emailing enquiries.emidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk and using the subject heading WEED WATCH.  Please provide specific information on location by referring to bridge numbers and mooring locations wherever possible.  This information will allow us to focus our efforts appropriately.

Thank you for assistance and understanding on this matter.

Further details can be found on our website by following the link below.

 

http://www.waterscape.com/things-to-do/boating/stoppages/results?waterways%5B%5D=18&search_data_by%5B%5D=all&start_day=23&start_month=8&start_year=2012&end_period=all&end_day=23&end_month=8&end_year=2012&subtn=+Find+Stoppages

Cheryl Turner

Canal & River Trust, East Midlands

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