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News article created on 14 October 2015

Volunteers clear overgrowth on the Peak Forest Canal

Boaters will now be able to navigate the Peak Forest Canal more easily thanks to the hard work of volunteers from the Macclesfield Canal Society who have removed overhanging vegetation along the 200-year old canal.

Boat entering lock on Peak Forest Canal with walkers on the towpath Peak Forest Canal

The week-long operation covered the whole stretch of the 15-mile long Peak Forest Canal from Whaley Bridge to Dukinfield. The improvements will now make navigation along the historic canal easier for boaters and allow more light onto the canal which helps the array of wildlife which lives in around the water.

We provided a workboat with a wood chipper, qualified operators and all the necessary tools and safety equipment which allowed the volunteers to tackle the overgrown trees and vegetation alongside the canal bank opposite the towpath. 

Ambitious work programme

Volunteer co-ordinator Steve O’Sullivan said: “This is a fantastic example of how we are working with volunteers to help keep the canal network in tip-top order. The Macclesfield Canal Society brought together these helpers and put together an ambitious work programme.

“As many boaters will be aware, overgrowth of trees and other vegetation on the offside of the Peak Forest canals can present problems. I cannot thank these helpers enough for volunteering to help with this important task and their efforts will be much appreciated by boaters who use this section of the canal.”