Our March – June events 2018 guide is now out, but what else has been happening with the project over the last few months?
Our events guide was delivered early February, and has been distributed within Pocklington, as well as being available on the canal. You can view it online here: Events Guide
Our beautiful cover has been designed by Sally from York based MicklegateDesign, with a modern update on the railway poster feel. You’ll see Church Bridge and Thornton Lock incorporated into the design. Within the guide itself, you’ll find our open days, events and volunteering Opportunities.
January and February saw tree work taking place with the Pocklington Canal Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – the thinning of trees on the offside (the bank opposite that with the towpath) to allow more light into the canal. Our contractors also carried out our routine safety works during this period, lifting any branches overhanging the towpath to ensure that there was a height of 5m (the towpath between Canal Head and Coates Bridge is a Bridleway). This work was carried out by specialist tree contractors, and was decided upon with the full support and consent of Natural England.
January and February also saw the finalisation of the new interpretation scheme (visitor information panels and leaflet). This has been a partnership effort between Canal & River Trust, Pocklington Canal Amenity Society, Natural England and the East & North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership. New research carried out last year has contributed to the historical information on the panels, giving visitors a better understanding of the complex history and management of the canal whilst not overloading the canal with unnecessary signs. Our brand new scheme is currently in production, and will be put into the ground mid-April – when we hope to be experiencing some warmer weather!
Right now, we have Research Volunteers working on our new Community Exhibition, which will be launched in the Pocklington Arts Centre on the 18 June. This will also include the shortlisted entries from the photo competition, for which online entries will open on the 9 April.
The Events Group, consisting of Canal & River Trust and Pocklington Canal Amenity Society are busy with the planning stages of our open days, as well as the logistics of the Bicentenary Boat Rally. There’s plenty coming up this year, and the best place to find out more is via our social media pages (you don’t need to have accounts to view these pages, you can treat them like a normal website).
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