CANAL COLLEGE EXPANDS
Following the success of its first Canal College, Scottish Waterways Trust is hoping to run an even bigger project to reach twice as many young unemployed adults – helped by a £1.125m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Developed in partnership with Scottish Canals, Archaeology Scotland and Developing Nation, Canal College is a unique outdoor employability programme designed to help address youth unemployment by teaching practical heritage and environment skills to disadvantaged 16-30-year-olds. Between 2013 and 2015 Canal College on the Union Canal helped 162 young people with 72 percent moving into work, further education, training or volunteering. The Trust is now seeking further funding to deliver the £1.4m programme which will extend to Falkirk, Glasgow and Inverness.
MERCIA’S BELLAMY AWARD
Not only has Mercia Marina been awarded its sixth Gold award in a row from David Bellamy’s Conservation Award Scheme ( run in conjunction with the British Holiday & Home Parks Association), but this year it has received a Special Distinction for the bee conservation work that has been run by boaters and lodge owners.
AQUEDUCT GOES ORANGE
Join Aqueduct Marina staff on 27 January when everyone will be wearing orange to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy, its chosen charity. See aqueductmarina.co.uk to find out more about joining in.
HS2 CONCERNS FOR ASHBY
Although the latest plans for the HS2 high speed railway are looking less likely to damage the Chesterfield Canal restoration ( CB, Jan 17), the situation is less clear on the Ashby Northern Reaches. The railway will now pass south of Measham and cross the canal at near to water level, requiring a diversion or new locks. On the plus side, this part of the canal is already subject to a Transport & Works Act Order, which should help the statutory protection of its route.