Weed boats launched for Games clean-up

Published: 09:05AM Jun 8th, 2012
By: British Waterways

BRITISH Waterways, with funding from the Environment Agency, has launched two new weed boats that will service London’s waterways during the Olympics and beyond.

Weed boats launched for Games clean-up

British Waterways weed harvester Wenville is craned in. PHOTO: BRITISH WATERWAYS

Volunteers have played a vital role in helping make the rivers and canals spick and span for the summer as part of the Big Waterways Clean Up 2012. In addition, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has cleaned up the waterways within the Olympic Park with funding for dredging and through liaison with British Waterways. The ODA has designed the park landscape to pull back the river and canal banks and make the waterways a prominent part of the park.

The clean-up campaign aims to involve at least 4000 Londoners in more than 80 events, transforming over 50 waterway locations along 30km of rivers and canals by July 2012. The Big Waterways Clean Up is allowing as many people as possible to take part in and share in the green legacy of the London 2012 Games.

As part of the Big Waterways Clean Up, local people are being encouraged to get involved and send in their suggestions for a name for the weed boat. The winner will be invited to christen the boat at the first volunteer event after the Games, where the name plaque will be unveiled. The name needs to be 10 characters or fewer to fit on the boat. Email your suggestions to fran.read@britishwaterways.co.uk. The newly-named weed boat will operate alongside its sister craft, Wenville.

The two vessels, a weed harvester and a weed boat, were commissioned by British Waterways and received £300,000 of funding from the Environment Agency.

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