Burnley firm ‘adopts’ stretch of Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Staff from Futaba Tennaco who have adopted a stretch of canal to clean up.'Photo Ben Parsons
Staff from Futaba Tennaco who have adopted a stretch of canal to clean up.'Photo Ben Parsons

A BURNLEY firm has adopted a mile-long stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Futaba-Tenneco has linked up with British Waterways to take over part of the canal between Rosegrove and the Network 65 industrial estate.

The car parts manufacturer, based in Liverpool Road, will be responsible for the tidiness of the stretch and tackling environmental issues on the waterway.

Future voluntary activities will take place every month including landscaping the towpath opposite the factory, renovation of dry stone walls and protecting flora and fauna along the canal.

The company will lead guided walks in the area and is even building a rest area overlooking the water for employees.

During Futaba-Tenneco’s first session, volunteers removed more than 20 large bin bags full of rubbish from the canal and towpath.

Kevin Schofield, managing director at the firm, said: “At FTUK we are reducing our carbon footprint and we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. Establishing links with British Waterways and adopting the canal is just a small part of our plans to be involved in all aspects of the community in Burnley. Other activities include having school governors in local schools, assisting local charities, working with other companies in Burnley and joining the Burnley Bondholder Scheme. All the canal work will be done on a voluntary basis, with eight volunteers for the first clean up, with many more saying they will join in on other projects.”