Montgomery Canal Restoration Receives Major Lottery Award25 October 2016
Plans to restore one of Britain’s most picturesque canals received a major boost with the announcement that £4.2m of work to restore a further part of the Montgomery Canal is to get underway thanks to a £2.53m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The bid is a major step forward in the 47-year restoration of the historic canal. About 50% of the canal has already been restored.
With the help of volunteers, work is due to start in 2017 and should be completed in 2020. It will see a further 1¼ miles of the canal and a winding hole reopen to Crickheath, Shropshire. It will also improve access to the canal, create new nature reserves and improve almost 4 miles of towpath between Welshpool and Llanymynech on the English border. This work will bring canal boats back to Crickheath for the first time in over 80 years.
The project is also supported with funding from Powys County Council, Shropshire Union Canal Society, IWA and the Friends of the Montgomery Canal.
Known for its outstanding natural beauty and heritage, the Montgomery Canal runs for 35 miles between England and Wales. The canal is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in parts of England and as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and also a Special Area of Conservation for the whole length in Wales for its abundance of aquatic plants.
The Trust will be working with the 15 partner organisations which make up the Montgomery Canal Partnership. The Partnership aims to restore the canal fully within the next decade as a haven for people and nature.
The Montgomery Canal has already been restored in England from Lower Frankton to Gronwen Bridge, near Maesbury (7 miles). In Wales, about 12 miles have been restored in the Welshpool area. So 19 of the canal’s 35 miles are already fully usable. The areas to be restored are the 7.5 miles from Gronwen to Arddleeen (the northern end of the navigable Welshpool section) and the 8.5 miles from Refail (the southern end of the Welshpool section) to Newtown, Powys.