Fancy becoming a lock-keeper at Newlay? Volunteers needed…

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Fancy a change of pace? Volunteers lock keeping oporuinites are available in West Leeds

A volunteer lock keeper is needed to help run the locks between Office Lock in Leeds city centre and the locks at Newlay.

The Canal & River Trust is hoping to recruit men and women from all backgrounds to take on the iconic role of lock keeper on some of Yorkshire’s canals.

The volunteer will be expected to help boats through locks, clearing vegetation, maintaining towpaths and teaching children via the charity’s education programme.

A Canal and River Trust spokesperson said:

“Lock keepers have been a fixture on Britain’s canals for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways. 

“We value each and every one of our volunteers and appreciate everything they do to help look after our historic waterways. In return we do all we can to ensure they have opportunities to learn new skills and meet new people in a friendly and supportive environment.

“We believe that anything you do to spend more time by water is good for your mental and physical wellbeing, so that’s an extra benefit for everyone.”

More information and apply here.


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