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Incredible efforts to remove floating pennywort in 2023

The efforts of volunteers, throughout 2023, to remove floating pennywort on the River Lea and Lee Navigation has been incredible.

Pennywort Volunteers2

Over the course of the year, 250 volunteers have taken part in 13 events and removed 24 tonnes of the invasive and non-native plant.

The work has formed part of the Lee Valley Social Impact Project.

British Canoeing, volunteer corporate and community groups, have helped to remove the hard to reach areas of the canal and creeks in kayaks and canoes.

The work had led to the organisation being shortlisted for the at the Sports Journalism Awards in the Sport for Change category .

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As a result of all the work, we were asked to present at the Waterways Management Conference in the Excel, London.

Pip Rowlandson, British Canoeing's Environment Project Officer, said: "It was wonderful for our project as we also were given a free stand which we could promote our project to all the attendees. 

"We promoted the floating pennywort project and there was much interest about INNS and the Check Clean Dry campaign."

Waterways Management Pennywort

Pip was joined by British Canoeing President Dee Paterson and Darren Starling from the Canal & River Trust.

The stand was, usefully, next door to the Inland Waterways Agency and the Aquaserve contractors.

Pip said: "We have drummed up support for our collaborative campaign for floating pennywort with lots of interest nationwide and locally to join our events going forward."

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Thank you to the the Angling Trust, Environment Agency, Canal & River Trust, Lee Valley Park, Affinity Water, Herts Wildlife Agency, DEFRA, Thames 21, Thames Water, Leaside Trust, Whoosh Canoe Club, Lee Valley Paddle Sport Club, Hackney council, Happy Holiday Activity & Food Programme (HAF), Canoe Camping Club and Herts Young Mariners. 

Dates will follow for more events in 2024.