Our newest Heritage Lottery Funded project is now underway, and we're sure you're keen to know what's happening. Read on for more or even better, pop along and speak to us at a Drop in event taking place in Melbourne this November.
After the fantastic news that Heritage Lottery Fund had awarded £496,600 heritage and habitat improvements on the Pocklington Canal, work started to take place in preparation for everything planned over the three year lifespan of the project.
The project has been guided by a steering group made up of the Canal & River Trust, Natural England, the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society and the East & North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership. One real challenge for any works taking place along the canal is the balance between wildlife (not one, not two but three Special Sites of Scientific Interest (SSSI) span this nine and a half mile long canal) and all users of the canal, whether boaters, walkers, families – anyone who enjoys this special place. Over the next three years, the project will see a mix of habitat and heritage works, as well as community and education events.
One of the first elements of the project was the recruitment of a new Project Officer to head up the various activities taking place. Lizzie Dealey joins us from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. With the primary stages of the project now underway, the first activity will be our Drop in information event, to which everyone is welcome.
Drop into Melbourne Village Hall (Main Street, Melbourne, YO42 4QJ) anytime between 2:30pm and 7:00pm on Thursday 17 November to hear more about the project and find out how you can get involved. Free refreshments will be available, as well as children’s activities to entertain the little ones.
You might be interested in the new volunteering roles that will be available, from education roles to help show the next generation the history and wildlife of the canal, to research roles uncovering hidden secrets from the canal’s past as well as practical opportunities to carry out restoration and habitat works.
Lizzie and her colleagues will be on hand to answer any questions you might have, from volunteering to environmental works to the heritage restoration of Church Bridge, to the recent Help for Heroes project that you may have seen in the news.
If you can't make it, don't worry - Lizzie will continue to write project updates so watch this space!
Pocklington Canal – a gem in the landscape has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we will be restoring Church Bridge and Swing Bridge No 7, restoring the special wildlife habitats along the canal and running a series of exciting community events and activities to showcase the rich heritage of this idyllic rural East Yorkshire canal.See more blogs from this author