Monty appeal aims for Welsh bor­der

MONT­GOMERY CANAL

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THE SYM­BOLIC mile­stone of re­open­ing the Mont­gomery Canal through to the Welsh bor­der within a decade is the aim of a £250,000 appeal launched by a part­ner­ship of or­gan­i­sa­tions all work­ing to re­store the canal.

Al­ready it is nav­i­ga­ble for seven miles and eight locks from the Llan­gollen at Frank­ton Junc­tion to be­yond Maes­bury and a fur­ther length to Crick­heath is on the way to re­open­ing thanks to a Her­itage Lottery Fund Grant.

That leaves just two more miles to Llanymynech where the canal crosses into Wales. It’s not an easy two miles, as Michael Lim­brey of the Mont­gomery Water­way Restora­tion Trust ex­plained: “This sec­tion has been dry for over half a cen­tury; now we want to re-line the canal bed so it can hold wa­ter again.”

It will also need an old rail­way em­bank­ment re­mov­ing (which Water­way Re­cov­ery Group’s vol­un­teers are al­ready tack­ling), and a road bridge re­build­ing – which is set to get un­der­way thanks to £70,000 from the In­land Water­ways As­so­ci­a­tion’s Tony Har­ri­son legacy (see

June 17). The appeal, ti­tled ‘Re­store the Mont­gomery Canal!’ brings to­gether all the above or­gan­i­sa­tions plus the Shrop­shire Union Canal So­ci­ety with the aim of rais­ing £250,000 – which just hap­pens to be the value of a line of £ 2 coins stretch­ing along the two-mile length of canal. With an anony­mous donor hav­ing of­fered to match ev­ery­thing raised (up to £ 60,000) over the next five years, the or­gan­i­sa­tions are con­fi­dent that by us­ing of vol­un­teers for as much as pos­si­ble of the work, this will see boats through to Llanymynech in ten years.

“The restora­tion has more mo­men­tum than ever,” said Mr Lim­brey, who added that reach­ing Llanymynech is just one part of a larger plan to link up with the iso­lated re­stored length through Welsh­pool and be­yond.

To sup­port the appeal, go to re­storethe­mont­gomerycanal.uk

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