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Canal clearing project underway

 
Created on 07/04/2018 @ 21:24
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Two patches of the Montgomery Canal close to Welshpool are undergoing a £320,000 clear up to help wildlife thrive during the summer.

The Canal & River Trust has begun restoring just over a mile of the Canal which has become clogged with dead and fallen trees (pictured).

It is also hoped that the work will allow more traffic on the waterway, especially with Welshpool looking to introduce trips on the canal for the general public.

Mark Weatherall of the Canal & River Trust said this also meant “plants can flourish and create healthy habitats for fish, insects and small mammals”.

The cash from People's Postcode Lottery will be spent on removing vegetation from the water and repairing and restoring canal banks.

Mr Weatherall, the project manager, said this would create clearer, better oxygenated water in which plants and animals could flourish.

He added: “It is vitally important to keep the Montgomery Canal in good health. If the water channel becomes choked with weeds, the water quality quickly deteriorates and becomes stagnant.”

The endangered water vole and dragonflies are among the animals said to benefit from the project.

The work is set to be finished by the end of this month and it is hoped the entire 35-mile (56km) Montgomery Canal can be fully restored over the next 10 years.

 

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