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Plans to restore one of Britain’s most picturesque canals received a major boost today with the announcement that £4.2m of work to restore a further part of the Montgomery Canal is to get underway thanks to a £2.53m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The bid, led by the Trust, and supported by the Montgomery Canal Partnership, is a major step forward in the 47-year restoration of the historic canal. About 50% of the canal has already been restored.
With the help of volunteers, work is due to start in 2017 and should be completed in 2020. It will see a further one and a quarter miles of the canal and a ‘winding hole’ (turning point for narrowboats) reopen to Crickheath, Shropshire. It will also improve access to the canal, create new nature reserves (needed in view of Site of Special Scientific Interest aspects) and improve almost four miles of towpath between Welshpool and Llanymynech on the English border.
The project is also supported with funding from Powys County Council, Shropshire Union Canal Society, Inland Waterways Association, and the Friends of the Montgomery Canal.
Known for its outstanding natural beauty and heritage, the Montgomery Canal runs for 35 miles between England and Wales. The canal is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in parts of England and as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and also a Special Area of Conservation for the whole length in Wales for its abundance of aquatic plants.
Richard Parry, chief executive of the Trust said: "This is fantastic news. We are delighted to be awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The money together with funding from other organisations will help carry out vital work towards the restoration of the Montgomery Canal which is one of the most beautiful waterways in Britain. I would also like to thank the volunteers for their continuing hard work which has kept the dream alive to restore the canal."
The Trust will be working with the 15 partner organisations which make up the Montgomery Canal Partnership. The Partnership aims to restore the canal fully within the next decade as a haven for people and nature. This work will bring canal boats back to Crickheath for the first time in over 80 years.
John Dodwell, chair of the Montgomery Canal Partnership comments: "This is a major step forward in the restoration of one of Britain’s longest running canal restorations and fits into our recently announced 10 year restoration strategy for the canal. The vision of a restored waterway has been kept alive for almost half a century by an army of volunteers. The funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund will allow us to further tell the story of the canal and get more people from the local community involved in once again bringing it back to life."
Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF West Midlands said: "Thanks to National Lottery players, this project has a £2.53m grant confirmed and can now go ahead. The restoration of the Montgomery Canal will see a real boost to Shropshire’s biodiversity, its nature reserves and waterways, and the strong community partnerships that have made this scheme possible."
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
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