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Volunteer lock keepers wanted for Camden Lock

January 23, 2015

Fancy lending some time to the preservation of one of the country’s famous locks while keeping fit?

The Canal & River Trust is searching for recruits to become lock keepers to ensure Camden’s famous canals are kept flowing smoothly. Volunteers will be helping boaters through locks, welcoming visitors and keeping designated stretches neat and tidy.

The lock, adjacent to Camden Market, is one of the most popular canal locations in London.

Last year more than 480 people volunteered for lock keeper positions across 2,000 miles of inland waterways looked after by the trust across England and Wales.

Edd Moss, national volunteering manager at the Canal & River Trust, told the Ham & High: “Volunteer lock keepers really are the friendly faces of the canals, and boaters and visitors on the towpath love them.

“The role involves talking to boaters, helping them through locks. Their local knowledge can really help people get the most out of their visit by pointing out the best stopping points, canal-side pubs and hidden gems along the way.

“The volunteers play a vital role in keeping customers happy and also help to keep local waterways in good working order so their efforts really are invaluable. Anyone can get involved, the role’s open to people of all ages as long as they are reasonably fit and healthy and enjoy meeting new people.”

To find out more about becoming a volunteer lock keeper, visit

“The locks are a big part of Camden’s history,” says Stephanie Powell, manager at the Camden branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. “This sounds like a fun role for anyone who can spare the time and wants to keep fit.”

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