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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Community Activities on the Montgomery Canal - Have Your Say

Carreghofa Locks on the Montgomeryshire Canal. NPRN 34577, Ref: DI2007_0791

Thanks to a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Canal & River Trust is able to conduct an extensive consultation in order to further develop ideas for community involvement based around the restoration of the Montgomery canal.

The community activities are part of ambitious plans to restore the 200 year old Montgomery Canal. Planned improvements include the reopening of 2km of canal, reinstatement of a winding hole (turning point) at Crickheath and towpath improvements between Welshpool and Llanymynech. The project also aims to complete the enlargement of Aston Locks nature reserve, extending the conservation of important aquatic plants, restoring historic bridges and carrying out further studies to secure the full funding needed for the project. The Trust will be working with the 14 partner organisations which make up the Montgomery Canal Partnership, which aims to fully restore the canal as a haven for people and nature and bring canal boats back for the first time in 80 years.

The consultation process is crucial in helping the Trust develop an activity plan that will propose all community activities along the Montgomery canal corridor over the next four years. Activities proposed include free to attend nature and wildlife walks and talks, school outreach projects, arts and musical festivals and performances, volunteering activities along the canal, community archaeology and many more ideas.

The consultation period will last until the end of March, and Montgomery Canal Community Development Officer, Sylvia Edwards, is inviting local people and other interested parties e.g. waterways, heritage, wildlife or outdoor activities in general, to fill in a five-minute online survey whose link can be found below. Please ask members of your family and friends to complete the survey too.

Survey questions:

Thank you for helping us make the Montgomery Canal a Resource for People and Wildlife.

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