The achievements of canal restoration – activity on the Montgomery Canal – plans for the future
26th June 2017
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This year's Montgomery Canal Forum will be held at Oswestry Golf Club, Queen's Head, Oswestry SY11 4JJ, a short distance from the canal, on Monday 3rd July, at 2.30pm.

The event will follow the morning's launch by Canal & River Trust of the current phase of Montgomery Canal Restoration, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, at Aston Nature Reserves.

The Forum is a public meeting open to anyone interested in the Montgomery Canal.

The highlight of the meeting will be a presentation from Jason Leach, Enterprise and Restoration Team Manager for the Canal & River Trust, about the successes of other canal restoration projects.

Other presentations will cover:

  • the success of the Montgomery Canal Triathlon which brought over 200 participants from across the country
  • the current Lottery-supported programme of restoration and activities along the canal
  • plans to reopen the canal to Llanymynech and Welshpool
  • the activities of volunteers who maintain the canal in the Welshpool area
  • horse-boating with Cracker at Canal Central, Maesbury
  • latest progress of the Restore the Montgomery Canal! Appeal.

The Forum is organised by Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust, formed in 1980 to bring together the public and voluntary organisations interested in the future of the Montgomery Canal.

Michael Limbrey, Chairman, Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust said, “These are exciting times on the Montgomery Canal, with activities and restoration works all along the canal. The support of the Heritage Lottery Fund has been a real boost to the restoration, and means some long-awaited works can get under way to extend the length that boats can use, and to ensure the protection of the canal's special ecology.

"From the experience of other canals we know the value of a reopened canal for residents and visitors, with additional jobs and canalside business opportunities, and increased property values. Our principal speaker Jason Leach led the restoration of the Droitwich Canals in Worcestershire and has first-hand experience of what was achieved there.

"The meeting will be a public opportunity to discuss anything relating to the canal and how we see the restoration going forward."

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A quick introduction - I'm John Waine, Director of TheBestOfOswestry. Having lived in this beautiful area for around 20 years now, I have decided to stay. :)

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