Hanging on in there...
LAST MONTH WE printed a photo of abseiling workers at Chirk Aqueduct, and this month it’s the turn of the 90ft-high Marple Aqueduct on the Peak Forest Canal to get the same treatment.
Specialist contractors from OCS Group company Fountains are seen carrying out vital maintenance work to remove unwanted vegetation which has taken root in crevices of the grade I listed aqueduct. Using trowels and other hand tools, they will dig out ivy, moss, weeds and even young saplings which, if left unchecked, could damage masonry on the impressive 200-year-old structure.
“This is a rare opportunity to see contractors abseiling over England’s highest canal aqueduct to remove overgrown vegetation which has built up over several years,” said Steven Facey, contracts supervisor at the Canal & River Trust. “The work we are doing here will help to safeguard these unique, heritage structures for generations to come.”