We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Restoration of the Galton Valley nature trail

Your donations have enabled us to equip a team of volunteers with enough plants and tools to restore the Galton Valley Nature Trail, a great place to escape to in the Midlands.

Birmingham Canal MainlineLocal volunteers have taken to this stretch of the Birmingham Old Main Line Canal and created a beautiful community garden. The trail now offers everyone a beautiful escape where they can get closer to nature and further away from their everyday stresses.

The volunteers helped to clear pathways and cut back vegetation, put up bird and bat boxes in the trees and installed reed beds to help improve water quality. They also planted a whole host of wildlife loving plants such as bluebells, violets, wild garlic and water mint.

Secret garden

Peter Mathews CMG, chair of the west midlands waterways partnership for the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Galton Valley Nature Trail used to be beautiful and often you would spot bluebells and early summer raspberries poking through the trees and bushes. This part of the canal is once again a really lovely beauty spot thanks to help from local people. We have revitalised this nature trail and are attracting more animals and insects back to this secret garden.”