On the ropes at Chirk
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.”