Restoration of the canal at Fosseway Heath provided a pleasant background to two walks organised and led by Jo Trodden of the Lichfield and District Ramblers.
Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust is creating a nature reserve and wetlands area at Fosseway Heath, as well as digging out a new canal bed with a completely rebuilt wall and a Heritage Towpath Trail.
The first walk on July 10, arranged as part of the Lichfield Festival, included about 20 people, mainly local but some drawn from further afield, with other ramblers acting as marshals.
So successful was this walk that John Rushton of the Aldridge 41 Club (those members of the Rotary Club who ‘retire’ at this age) repeated the experience on August 1 with members of the club.
Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust volunteer Phil Cheesewright gave each walk a quick rundown of the history of the canal and the works being undertaken.
The second walk encountered the Waterway Recovery Group in full force, rebuilding the towpath wall at Fosseway and the Trust’s engineering director Peter Buck who welcomed the party.
Phil and Jo were rewarded with the unusual wages of a tot of whisky – a welcome tradition of the 41 club.