Digging the dirt on the K& A
KENNET & AVAON
BOATERS, ESPECIALLY those in deep-draught vessels, should find the Kennet & Avon easier going this summer following the completion of a major dredging programme.
Over a six-month period, the Canal & River Trust’s dredging contractors Land & Water had removed a total of 17,000 tonnes of silt from the length between Pewsey and Wootton Rivers. This follows on from earlier work in the Horton area of the Long Pound and in the Crofton and Great Bedwyn area, totalling some 12km of canal altogether.
It has proved possible to spread the dredgings on adjacent fields, which reduces the cost of transporting it to a tip site, as well as the nutrient-rich material improving the soil for local farmers.
Next in line for work under the Trust’s £ 80m ten-year dredging plan announced in 2012 are the Macclesfield, Chesterfield, Lancaster and Grand Union, which will receive attention during the 2018-19 year.