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Green Flag Award for canal

Created on 23/07/2018 @ 11:54
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The Montgomery Canal has this week gained a Green Flag Award in recognition of its outstanding rural beauty, diverse wildlife and the enthusiastic commitment of volunteers.

With ambitious plans to connect the canal in Welshpool with the rest of the British canal network, the Award, for a stretch of the canal’s water just over the border, bodes well for its future marketing.

Cared for by waterways and wellbeing charity Canal & River Trust, the eight-mile navigable stretch of the canal from Frankton Locks, near Ellesmere, to Maesbury Marsh, has been officially recognised as a high quality green space.

Known and enjoyed locally as a peaceful waterway haven away from the bustle of modern life, the canal and towpath are managed by the Trust with the support of an army of volunteers.

The Montgomery joins 12 other Canal & River Trust sites to be recognised by the scheme, which is promoted by Keep Britain Tidy.

Duncan Davenport, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “We know that canals improve the wellbeing of those who visit and we’re thrilled the Montgomery Canal has been recognised with a Green Flag Award. This highlights how important this waterway is for both the local community and visitors. In particular, the judges commended our amazing army of volunteers and the canal’s rural beauty and rich biodiversity. 

“Everyone who volunteers or donates is helping to make our waterways such special places where people can come to boost their wellbeing, so we thank them all for their continued support.”

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