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Planning & design
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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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Dozens of rare aquatic plants along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Yorkshire are being encouraged to flourish, thanks to our tree management project.
We've worked in partnership with Natural England and Leeds City Council to clear overgrown vegetation in a number of locations at Bramley Fall Park and Armley Park. These form part of a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), protecting the canal from Aire Valley Marina to just north of Calverley village.
Excellent alkaline water quality, low pollution levels and a canal bed of rich puddle clay have combined to create the perfect environment for a wide range of aquatic plants and animals. The canal contains a large number of fresh water sponges and plants such as hair-like pondweed, flowering rush and arrowhead, some of which are nationally scarce.
Tom King, an ecologist with the Canal & River Trust, explained: “The Leeds & Liverpool Canal is the best example of a slow-flowing, fresh water habitat in Yorkshire and we have a duty to keep it in tip top condition. Over the years, vegetation along the canal bank has grown and gradually put a lot of the canal into shade which is not good for the aquatic plants living underneath. They need direct sunlight to flourish and die back without it.
“Too much vegetation at the water’s edge is also not good for the integrity of the canal structure, so we have tried to remove small trees, shrubs and non-native species, and leave the large oak trees. In Bramley Fall Park we have also thinned out an area of woodland to create a new light, airy clearing for people to enjoy.”
Together with Natural England we will monitor the Leeds & Liverpool Canal over the next few years to record any changes and also carry out a comprehensive survey of the canal flora.
We'd also like to assemble a team of volunteers to help with the environmental monitoring and practical work to help the aquatic plants. If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us to help survey the canal please contact Tom King on 077177 302667 or email Thomas.email@example.com.
Pollington Lock gate replacement works enter final phase
22 February 2018
Boost for rare aquatic plants on Montgomery Canal
21 February 2018
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018