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Painting at Cropredy Lock
Painting at Cropredy Lock

We have uploaded some new photos to our gallery of our last day working on the towpath and of when we painted Cropredy Lock.  You will see that we made an enormous difference to the overgrown tow path leading out of Banbury just before Tramway.  Thanks to Banbury Town Council providing a Parks Ranger with ‘strimmer’.  This Tuesday  (21st Oct, meeting at 09.30 at William Powell car park in Banbury) we shall cut back some more of the overgrowth and lay the last of the spread and tread! It was refreshing to receive some ‘thank you’s’ following this work and not complaints re hedges!! So, well done and thank you to all those BCP volunteers who came along that day, it was hard work but very rewarding.


If you can spare some time to assist we would be really grateful.  There are a small band of core volunteers but one or two more would be most welcome.  It is great outdoor work so rather than come home mentally tired from the office – how about feeling physically tired?  It is good fun and you do meet other members of the BCP.

I have it on good authority that the Hedge Survey has now been completed by C&RT and that the hedge cutting will begin, hopefully, next month.  I know that along with ‘over stayers’,  overgrown hedges have generated the most complaints.  I have relayed these on to C&RT and we now wait for some action!  The number of complaints from walkers and cyclists being ‘swiped’ by overgrowth has been substantial over the past few months.  C&RT have carried out a lot of off side cutting and hopefully we shall now see some action very soon on the hedges.

So, volunteers are needed, please do come along and help- even if it is for a morning or an afternoon.  Many hands as they say!!  We would love to see you.

On the 28th October when we shall be tackling the C&RT compound at Cropredy.  There is a bit of vegetation clearance and a lot of painting.  It all looks rather sad in what is a lovely village setting.  Hopefully we may see some ‘Canoe Club’ members coming along on that Tuesday?

So- get your working clothes on – gloves at the ready and we look forward to seeing you this coming Tuesday.

Kind regards


Colin Garnham-Edge



Banbury Canal Partnership