IWA Grant for Tractor on Stover Restoration

Issue date: 25th November 2016

Volunteers on a canal restoration in South Devon will be able to keep their towpath clear much more easily, thanks in part to a grant from The Inland Waterways Association towards the purchase of a tractor.  Stover Canal Trust, which maintains the towpath along the Stover Canal, also received funding from the National Lottery and Kingsteignton Town Council towards the Land Legend tractor and trailer.

The Trust, which is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Stover Canal, recently restored the section of towpath from Newton Abbot to Teignbridge.  The canal towpath is a popular walking route, and the tractor will be used to keep it clear of vegetation, as well as helping with improvements to the remaining section from Teigngrace to Ventiford.

John Pike, Chairman of the Stover Canal Trust, said “We are extremely grateful to IWA for contributing to the cost of this machine.  We aim to involve the local community in our restoration work through volunteering opportunities, and the new tractor will enable more volunteer work to be carried out, helping us to achieve a better standard of maintenance of the towpath. Walkers and visitors will get better access to the canal and its structures as a result.”

The Stover Canal has benefited from other IWA restoration support recently.  IWA‘s Waterway Recovery Group held two Canal Camps this summer working on the restoration of Ventiford Basin, with another two camps last year assisting in the restoration of Graving Dock Lock.

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Photographs

“The new tractor on the Stover Canal which was purchased partially with a grant from IWA” (photo by Robert Harris, Stover Canal Trust)

Higher resolution versions and alternative images available on request.

Press Contact

For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phoning 07779 090915.

Notes for Editors

The Inland Waterways Association

IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
IWA - Keeping our waterways alive.
www.waterways.org.uk

Stover Canal Trust

The Stover Canal can be found in South Devon and runs for nearly 2 miles between Newton Abbot and Ley Green, Teigngrace. Constructed between 1790 and 1792 by direction of James Templer II of Stover House, it carried clay from the surrounding area and granite from Dartmoor to the Docks at Teignmouth for export. The canal fell into disrepair in the 1930s and was derelict in 1999 when the Stover Canal Society was formed to restore it. The Society was merged with the Stover Canal Trust in 2014.  A dedicated band of core volunteers form monthly workparties to maintain and improve the canal environment. They are supplemented by outside groups, students, and employers wishing to promote a novel teambuilding experience for their workforce.

www.stovercanal.co.uk

Waterway Recovery Group

IWA's Waterway Recovery Group provides practical and technical support to waterways restoration projects across the country as well as providing skills training for volunteers.
www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/


“The new tractor on the Stover Canal which was purchased partially with a grant from IWA” (photo by Robert Harris, Stover Canal Trust)

Higher resolution versions and alternative images available on request.