Issue date: 16th may 2012
A project to restore a derelict section of the Monmouthshire Canal in Cwmbran, South Wales, is now underway thanks to the support of a £854,500 Heritage Lottery Fund grant awarded to Torfaen County Borough Council in partnership with the Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canals Trust.
Generally referred to as the ‘Mon and Brec’ the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals form a 50 mile link between the Brecon Beacons National Park and the South Wales Valley. The aim is to see boating, fishing and canoeing taking place along this 200 year old canal which was key to the industrial revolution in the Welsh valleys.
The money is being used to develop a comprehensive programme of training to equip new and existing volunteers, with the heritage construction skills and canal management techniques needed to carry out the restoration work.
The funding will also be used to create a community website, walking leaflets and newsletters. A senior project officer and a volunteer supervisor will be employed to manage the development and distribution of education packs for local schools which will give them the opportunity to get involved. The packs will include a multi media CD and learning aids linked to the national curriculum.
An estimated 270 volunteers will take part in the project, including volunteers from IWA's Waterway Recovery Group which has worked alongside the Trust for many years.
This year, WRG is running two Canal Camp working holidays which will involve the reconstruction and repair of Tredegar Lock, vegetation clearance of the canal corridor from Drapers Lock, and the removal of silt from Ty Coch and Lower Brake Lower locks.