Glasgow volunteers commended at Community Champion Awards

Glasgow volunteers on our ‘Love Your Canal’ waterways adoption project were recognised as local heroes at the Evening Times North West Community champion awards this week (Tuesday 3rd October).

The dedicated team of volunteers, who spend four days a week helping boats pass through the Forth & Clyde Canal as volunteer lock-keepers, were finalists in the ‘team’ category for their outstanding contribution to their local community.

On the night,  many unsung heroes from the North West celebrated their achievements.


Since Love Your Canal began in 2016, local volunteers have opened canal lock gates for hundreds of boats, and carried out activities like stonemasonry, lime-mortaring and litterpicking.

Alan Forrester, Love Your Canal project manager at Scottish Waterways Trust, said:

We are delighted our volunteers reached the final stage of the Evening Times North West Community champion awards.

Week in week out, come rain or shine, our Love Your Canal volunteers roll up their sleeves to help boats pass along their historic local waterway and undertake activities which help keep the Forth & Clyde Canal as a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy.

For the past two years, the volunteers have made an incredible contribution to magnificent natural and built heritage of the waterway, and have shown the amazing achievements volunteers can make.