We're working with Help for Heroes on a two year programme to offer wounded servicemen and women, and veterans the opportunity to gain new skills and qualifications to help them make the most of life outside the Armed Forces.
Located on four different canals and thanks to £500k funding from players of the Peoples Post Code Lottery under their Dream Fund programme, they will work alongside existing volunteers who are experts on heritage repairs and canal restorations.
Veterans and volunteers have been working hard to restore the historic Bridge 99 on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Wiltshire. Each veteran received specialist lime mortar training in order to work on the historic bridge. The programme of activities has also included creating a memorial garden at Caen Hillside, waymarking routes through the new woodland, constructing a new pond dipping platform and painting lock gates - in total there are 105 on the Kennet & Avon canal.
Ex-service personnel will be working with the Cotswold Canal Trust who are restoring Ryeford Causeway on the outskirts of Stroud in Gloucestershire. The Trust have also been painstakingly restoring six of the 36 miles than joins the River Severn, Thames and Severn Canal with major infrastructure including a new road layout, new locks, bridges and excavation of the original canal channel.
With the help of volunteers, the last remaining 30 miles will be restored.
The Wilts & Berkshire Canal Trust in Wiltshire will also benefit from funding from players of the Peoples Post Code Lottery, their aim is to restore some locks at Pewsham near Chippenham with 15 heritage heroes and local volunteers.
Veterans are helping to restore a Grade 2 Listed lock at Thornton. This involves repairing the historic brickwork to the lock chamber, replacing the timber lock gates and works to the lock floor.
Currently only half of the canal is navigable but these works will be essential in completing the project and restoring the area which is a site of special scientific interest. Alongside the restoration works the veterans will be instrumental in creating a new nature trail, pond and refreshing a visitor centre.
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Last date edited: 11 May 2017