He Canal and River Trust has com­pleted work on an aqueduct as re­ports

Smith Mort

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

AN AQUEDUCT which car­ries the Slough arm of the Grand Union Canal into south Bucks has been re­paired as part of a ma­jor over­haul of the water­way by the Canal and River Trust (CART), the char­ity that looks after more than 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in Eng­land and Wales.

CART has com­pleted a month­long restora­tion of the River Fray Aqueduct. Other works tak­ing place on this stretch of the canal in­clude dredg­ing the canal, new sig­nage and the re­moval of a di­lap­i­dated con­crete jetty at the Slough Basin.

The aqueduct car­ries the canal over the River Fray which used to power five wa­ter mills around Uxbridge.

The £7,000 project to re­store the aqueduct in­cluded re­pair­ing dam­age caused by van­dal­ism and cor­rect­ing 20th cen­tury main­te­nance of the aqueduct that had in­ad­ver­tently caused dam­age to the struc­ture’s 80-year-old bricks.

Gra­ham Smith, CART’s con­struc­tion su­per­vi­sor for London ex­plained: “When the orig­i­nal canal builders con­structed the aqueduct, they used a lime mor­tar to bond to­gether the brick work. How­ever when the aqueduct was re­paired by work­men in the 20th cen­tury, mod­ern ce­ments was used to patch it up. That ce­ment is much harder and less por­ous than the orig­i­nal, so it un­in­ten­tion­ally caused dam­age to the old bricks.

“The aqueduct is an im­por­tant struc­ture and piece of lo­cal his­tory so it’s great to see it in good con­di­tion again.”

The work be­ing car­ried out on the Slough arm of the canal is de­signed to en­cour­age more boat own­ers to make use of the water­way. In the long term, there are plans to try to con­nect the Slough arm of the canal to the River Thames.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. canal­rivertrust.org.uk.

Bor­age is a common plant in Box­wood, the sub­ject of a sem­i­nar in Novem­ber, and en­cour­ages bees

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