Summer-long canal adoption project returns to Glasgow

We’re looking for volunteers to join in a ‘Love your Canal’ waterway adoption project on Glasgow’s historic Forth & Clyde Canal, in partnership with Scottish Canals.

Through the ‘Love your Canal’ project, volunteers will be able to make a real difference by caring for the canal in North Glasgow whilst having some fun, meeting new friends and learning a wide range of interesting, practical skills along the waterway.

The project will be based at Maryhill running from Locks 21 to 27.

Just like traditional lock keepers on the 250 year-old waterway, the volunteer team will be trained to open locks for passing boats whilst also helping to repair canal stonework and masonry, painting and litter-picking.

Volunteer Lock-keeper, Bob Alston, said:

I didn’t know what to expect. For me the best part was the lock-keeping, we were trained and out of all the boats we moved through the locks I was involved with almost all of them. I am a lock-keeper now! It’s a great project.

We also aim to run a number of workshops for volunteers which could include learning about wild plants, bumblebees and an Emergency First Aid course.

After full training from Scottish Canals waterway staff, the volunteers can help us to open the locks for boats travelling west to Bowling, east to Glasgow city centre or across country to The Kelpies at Grangemouth or Edinburgh via The Falkirk Wheel.

Volunteers will also be put forward for awards such as the John Muir Discovery Award and Heritage Hero Award as well as certificates of competency for training in areas such as water safety and lime mortaring.

Get involved

Join, learn valuable skills and be part of a friendly team of volunteers by contacting Alan on 07768 951740 or