Hang­ing on in there...

PEAK FOR­EST

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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.”

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