On the ropes at Chirk

LLANGOLLEN CANAL

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SPE­CIAL­IST HAR­NESSED CON­TRAC­TORS are seen car­ry­ing out vi­tal main­te­nance work to re­move un­wanted veg­e­ta­tion from Chirk Aque­duct.

Us­ing trow­els and other hand tools, they dug out ivy, moss, weeds and even young saplings which, if left unchecked, could dam­age ma­sonry on the 200-year-old 70ft high struc­ture which car­ries the Llangollen Canal across the Ceiriog Val­ley and the

Welsh bor­der. The work is part of a wider Canal & River Trust project to pro­tect her­itage struc­tures along the Llangollen and Mont­gomery canals this win­ter, in­clud­ing the Pont­cys­llte and Chirk aque­ducts.

“This was a rare op­por­tu­nity to see peo­ple ab­seil­ing over this breath­tak­ing struc­ture,” said Steve Hin­ton, CRT con­tracts su­per­vi­sor. “The work we are do­ing here will help to safe­guard these unique, her­itage struc­tures for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

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