The Canal & River Trust’s Montgomery Canal consultation is on the move along the canal this Sunday (22 March) – with a historic horse drawn boat, Saturn.
The consultation is now entering its final week and Sylvia Edwards, a community development officer with the Trust, is hoping to catch lots of canal enthusiasts along its route to give their views.
Pulled by Cracker the horse, Saturn, the last surviving horse-drawn Shropshire Union fly-boat, will leave the Queen’s Head near Oswestry Golf Club at 10am. It is hoping to arrive at Frankton Lock about midday and then travel on to Ellesmere for about 3pm.
Sylvia said: “The aim of the consultation is to give canal enthusiasts and local residents a say on the type of community activities they would like to see along the Montgomery Canal.
“I will be walking with the Saturn crew along the canal to hand out flyers and consult people. Horse-drawn boats were a familiar canal sight from the 18th to the 20th century but are now rarely seen. However, on Sunday people will have an opportunity to spot Saturn, the last horse-drawn Shropshire Union Canal fly-boat in the world. She is over 100 years old and has been beautifully restored.
“This will also be an opportunity to find out about the proposed Heritage Lottery funded project for the restoration of the Montgomery Canal. I am inviting everyone to give their views on the type of community activities they would be interested in, by filling in a short and easy online survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Montgomery_Canal_consultation.”
We are working towards the £6 million restoration together with the 14 partner organisations that make up the Montgomery Canal Partnership. The Partnership aims to fully restore the canal as a haven for people and nature.