Practical Boat Owner - - Regional News -

A dream to re­store the Mont­gomery Canal, which runs for 35 miles be­tween Eng­land and Wales, took a step closer to re­al­ity on 3 July with the start of a £4mil­lion project. A new na­ture re­serve is to be cre­ated which, to­gether with work along the canal itself, means boaters could soon be re­turn­ing to the area for the first time in 80 years. The Canal & River Trust work is be­ing funded by the Her­itage Lottery Fund and the Euro­pean Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Fund, with sup­port from the Mont­gomery Canal Part­ner­ship. A fur­ther 1¼ miles of the canal, from Welshamp­ton to Crick­heath in Shrop­shire, will be re­stored to nav­i­ga­tion, with work com­pleted by 2020.

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