Dig­ging the dirt on the K& A

KENNET & AVAON

Canal Boat - - News -

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.

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