Lichfield Canal Camps 2019

Location: Staffordshire, West Midlands.

Summary: The Lichfield Canal covers a distance of just over 7 miles through 30 locks from Ogley Junction on the Birmingham Canal Navigations to Huddlesford Junction. Unfortunately, the canal was drained and filled in during the 1960s, but now work is well underway to restore this historic canal through the heart of England. This summer WRG volunteers will be working at the Tamworth Road Section of Fosseway Heath Nature Reserve, undertaking lock maintenance, excavating the canal channel, restoring the towpath wall and reinstating the towpath.

Camp Code   Dates Leadership Team   Cook
CC201904 6th - 13th July Alex Melson & Chris Bent TBA
CC201907 13th - 20th July  Ian Gaston & Adrian Sturgess

Beverley Williams

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Where is it? Staffordshire, West Midlands. The Lichfield Canal was historically a part of the Wyrley and Essington Canal, being the section of that canal from Ogley Junction at Brownhills on the northern Birmingham Canal Navigations to Huddlesford Junction on the Coventry Canal, running for 7 miles and decending 30 locks. The canal was offcially abandoned in 1954.

What is the work for the camps? Work this summer is focused at Fosseway Heath Nature Reserve with volunteers spending the week building a new retaining wall and creating a new towpath, with funding from the People's Postcode Lottery.  

Why is it important? Once restored the Lichfield & Hatherton canals will form a natural wildlife corridor from Huddlesford to Hatherton becoming a valuable amenity for walkers, cyclists and boaters. At this camp, Waterways Recovery Group is working with the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust. The major aim of the project is to provide additional access to the presently underused northern parts of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN).

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What skills are needed? No skills necessary - our leader and assistant will guide you through every task! 

Accomodation: Brownhills Community Centre, Chester Rd N, Brownhills, Walsall WS8 7JW

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