A group of volunteers have adopted a section of the Grand Union Canal in an effort to keep it maintained.
The team from the charity Volunteering Matters will look after a mile (1.6km) stretch in Cosgrove, Northamptonshire.
It is a partnership with the Canal and River Trust, which hopes the scheme will be used elsewhere.
Phil Mulligan, from the trust, said there were "more boats on the water now than at the height of the industrial revolution".
He said tow paths were now used for "walks, dog walks, exercise and commuting".
"So really the purpose of canals and tow paths is to carry people as much as it to carry boats," he added.
The volunteers will do things such as painting lock gates, installing signage, improving hedgerows and planting canal side gardens.
The Canal and River Trust cares for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales and is keen for more projects like this across the region, to ensure waterways are safe and have a sustainable future.
Paul Reddish, from Volunteering Matters, said: "One thing we're certainly finding, off the back of Covid, is volunteering is very much in vogue now.
"Lots more people are interested now in what's going on their doorstep, so we've found a really boost and lift in term of people coming forward wanting to take part in things."