Issue date: 16th April 2013
A formerly overgrown and narrow footpath leading to the canal in Rugeley has been completely transformed by volunteers.
IWA Lichfield Branch volunteers and friends worked for 4 days to widen and resurface the footpath leading from Wolseley Road, past the South Staffs Water Pumping Station near Albany Drive, to the steps down to the Trent & Mersey Canal at Brindley Bank in Rugeley.
For many years the path has been difficult to negotiate without getting stung by nettles or brambles. So, after preliminary work to clear the undergrowth, IWA invited local volunteers to help upgrade the path so that the canal is more accessible for family walks. Over the week 21 volunteers turned out to help; some for a couple of hours, some for the whole time. A total of 293 volunteer hours were worked, which doesn’t include three previous clearance work parties at the site.
The materials and plant hire were funded by grants from Staffordshire County Council Community Footpath Initiative, Rugeley Town Council, Rugeley Traders Association and IWA Festivals. The qualified excavator and dumper drivers were Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust members and hand tools were loaned by the Canal & River Trust.
Four days of shovelling, barrowing, raking, compacting stones and hard work meant the job was completed a day ahead of schedule.
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Photo by Philip Sharpe.