Restora­tion walk­a­bout

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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.

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