Un­cov­er­ing the Ut­tox­eter

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TH­ESE ARE JUST a few of over 80 vol­un­teers who spent a week­end in Novem­ber clear­ing trees and scrub from the Ut­tox­eter Canal dur­ing the an­nual Wa­ter­way Re­cov­ery Group’s ‘Bon­fire Bash’ – a re­union for vol­un­teers from all over the coun­try.

Closed as long ago as 1849, the for­mer 13-mile ex­ten­sion of the Cal­don Canal through Stafford­shire’s Chur­net Val­ley is the sub­ject of the Cal­don & Ut­tox­eter Canals Trust’s long-term plans for com­plete re­open­ing. As a first stage, the Trust wants to es­tab­lish a walk­ing route along its length: the main work­site for the WRG week­end saw a quar­ter of a mile of tow­path un­cov­ered at Al­ton, while WRG’s spe­cial­ist Forestry Team cleared trees from the nearby Crump­wood Weir where the canal crossed the Chur­net.

A de­lighted Steve Wood from CUCT cred­ited WRG’s “en­thu­si­asm and ex­pert wood­land man­age­ment skills” and said the work would “help us as­sess how the orig­i­nal tow­path can be used as part of our plans”. Th­ese in­clude restora­tion of the nearby Bridge 70, the last sur­viv­ing orig­i­nal stone bridge on the canal.

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