Beauty spot is restored with mass clean-up

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A group of community-minded nature-lovers have taken action over a beauty spot which was becoming increasingly rundown.

The operation to clean up the banks of a wooded area adjacent to the Cromford Canal was launched after local volunteers notice how fly-tipping was ruining the heritage of the area.

Friends of Ironville and Codnor Park removed 31 bags of rubbish on the day, which were cleared by a team from Futures Housing Group.

Waste removed by the team included masses of rubbish and unwanted vegetation.

The group has also painted fences along the stretch of water which runs from Erewash Meadows Nature Reserve, up through the locks in Ironville and into Codnor Park Reservoir.

Pete Clark, who co-ordinates the group and is also an Ironville Parish Councillor, said: “It started off when the Friends of Cromford Canal asked me to be a weekly team leader for cleaning up the canal that goes through Ironville.

“A group of its members started joining in, then residents would walk by and see what we were doing. They became interested and one by one we would talk to people, word got around.”

The team has come across a variety of items, but one piece particularly stood out.

Pete said: “The heaviest thing we have done was lifting a double mattress out of the canal which had been there for ten, maybe twenty years. It was full of water and it took ten of us to lift it out with grapple hooks, rakes and crowbars.

“I estimated that it weighed about three quarters of a tonne.”

Carl Harper, who works for Futures Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Friends of Ironville and Codnor Park to restore this historic area to its former glory.”

The Friends of Ironville and Codnor Park is looking for new members and vital tools to help continue their efforts.

For more information contact Coun Pete Clark on 07971 772184 or e-mail pete.clark@hotmail.com.