This winter the Trust, is carrying out a number of improvements to the historic Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire.
The works, which are due to start in November, includes:
The works form part of the Trust’s winter maintenance programme, through which £43million is being spent to give the nation’s waterways some TLC at a time when more people than ever are visiting their local canal or river.
Charlotte Wood, from the Trust, said: "The waterways in Northamptonshire are a real gem, but they are over 200-years old so need plenty of looking after. Keeping it running requires constant maintenance, so we’re using this winter period, when there are fewer boats travelling on the canal, to get as much done as we can."
Lock gates typically last around 25 years and allow countless boats to travel up and down the canal. Each new made to measure lock gate weighs several tonnes, and are handcrafted from seasoned oak so that they fit perfectly in the lock chamber. Once in place the new lock gates will help the Trust conserve water and keep boats moving along the waterway.
For more information on the works planned on the nations canals this winter visit Winter notices