Restoration to bring boats back to Crickheath

The next stage of Montgomery Canal restoration is due to start next year The next stage of Montgomery Canal restoration is due to start next year
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The Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust has been awarded £2.53m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore a further part of the Montgomery Canal.

The bid was led by the Canal & River Trust and supported by the Montgomery Canal Partnership with work due to start in 2017 and completed in 2020.

The canal runs for 35 miles between England and Wales with much of it designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and parts a Special Area of Conservation.

So far around 50% has been restored and it is hoped the canal will be fully restored within the next decade.

This next tranche of work - £4.2m - will include a further 1¼ miles of the canal and a winding hole reopen to Crickheath and bring boats back for the first time in more than 80 years.

"Our ambition is to bring boats back to Welshpool in ten years, so that mid-Wales will again be joined to the 2000-mile national canal network, adding to the attraction of the area for visitors and providing an amenity for residents and opportunities for businesses and jobs," explained Michael Limbrey, chairman of the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust.

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