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 either the Tamworth Road Section of Fosseway Heath Nature Reserve or Gallows Wharf, undertaking a variety of canal restoration tasks. More details will follow soon.
|Camp Code||Dates||Leadership Team||Cook|
|Fully Booked||1st - 8th August||Colin Hobbs & Andy Pritchett||Steve Wyatt|
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 yet to be confirmed, however volnteers can expect to be fully involved with both heritage restroation work and using modern construction methods to help bring this canal back to life.
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).
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
Price: £70 - includes food and accomodation for the week, and plenty of tea and cake.