Shrewsbury & Newport Canal Camp 2019

Location: Shropshire

Activities: Towpath refurbishment & access improvements

Summary: In a beautiful part of Shropshire, Central England, volunteers on this camp will continue working at Berwick Tunnel North Portal to construct an all-ability towpath, which will improve access for everyone to this part of the Shrewsbury & Newport canal. This towpath will eventually run the length of the whole canal, from Norbury Junction to Shrewsbury, with the goal of forming a continuous navigable waterway.

Camp code   Dates   Leadership team  Cook 
CC201913 3rd - 10th August   Colin Hobbs, Ruth Hardern   Steve Wyatt

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Where is it? Shropshire, West Midlands. The Shrewsbury and Newport Canal is part of the Shropshire Union which runs for 25 miles from Norbury Junction through to Shrewsbury, work will be taking place at Berwick Tunnel.

What's the work for the camps? This summer volunteers will be working at Berwick Tunnel North Portal to help create an all ability towpath, promoting the canal for all users. This camp will offer you plenty of opportunity to learn practical construction skills. 

Why is it important? The Shrewsbury and Newport Canals were officially abandoned by an Act of Parliament in 1944. When the restoration of the canal was originally proposed in the 1960s it had been closed for barely 20 years. Unfortunately what might have been a relatively straightforward restoration was hindered by British Waterways selling off some important parts. At this camp, Waterway Recovery Group will be working with Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Trust. The goal of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust is to form a continuous navigable waterway linking Norbury Junction with Shrewsbury.

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

Accomodation: Uffington Village Hall, 6 Church Rd, Uffington, Shrewsbury SY4 4SQ

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