Heritage getting better
THE CANAL & RIVER Trust is responsible for the care of 2,663 listed buildings and 50 scheduled monuments – and the good news is that a recent report shows significant progress to safeguard waterways heritage, with 85 percent of historic structures classed as being in good condition or better.
This compares to ten years ago when 125 protected waterway structures appeared on local or national Heritage at Risk registers – now down to 24. The report details strategies used to manage historic and sometimes fragile infrastructure, including the growing role of volunteers:
More than 1,500 hours by 40 volunteers helping the heritage team, up 78 percent from last year.
2014/15 saw the first ‘cohort’ of 14 Heritage Trainees being taken on for a three-year scheme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
The HLF remains an important partner in enabling heritage projects, with over £ 570,000 raised by the Trust in 2014/15
Vehicle strikes remain a common cause of damage to historic bridges, with 134 incidents recorded last year
Sir Neil Cossons, chair of the Heritage Advisory Group, said: “The care of its designated heritage assets is a success story of which the Trust can be proud, but we are all increasingly aware that the network as a whole is a vulnerable asset needing the most sensitive of handling and management. The task ahead for the Trust – and all of us – is to ensure that the value of this precious inheritance is understood and protected.”
You can read the whole report on canalrivertrust.org.uk