Canal Boat - - News -

It seems like ‘ru­ral di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion’ is one of the cur­rent buzz-phrases, as farm­ers strug­gling to make a liv­ing from the land seek more re­mu­ner­a­tive uses of their acres – and the author­i­ties of­fer grants to help them branch out into other ar­eas. And al­though it’s not without its con­tro­ver­sies (see our story this month about a ma­rina pro­posal on the south­ern Ox­ford), us­ing the land for pur­poses re­lated to canal boats has been one suc­cess­ful form of di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion. So it’s not too sur­pris­ing to hear of an­other such plan for two hol­i­day boats in Northum­ber­land - un­til you re­mem­ber that the county has no canals. But don’t worry, you don’t need wa­ter for boats: these two will rest on dry land, with a wooden deck­ing ‘jetty’ built along­side them for ac­cess. So no need for CRT hire­boat li­cences, cran­ing out for hull sur­veys, BSS and so on. Sounds too good to be true!

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