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Montgomery Canal Forum to be held in Welshpool

THIS year’s Montgomery Canal Forum, to be be held at the Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool on Monday, April 22 at 2.30pm, will cover developments on the canal in Powys and Shropshire and plans for its future.

Presentations will include the new Schoolhouse Bridge, the last highway blockage in Shropshire, rebuilt by contractors in a volunteer-led project entirely funded by donations from supporters, private companies and charitable trusts.

Volunteers are restoring the canal channel in Shropshire supported by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and other grants, while a Restore the Montgomery Canal! appeal is supporting future restoration.

Presentations will also cover multi-million pound Levelling-Up projects in Powys, nurturing nature and embracing ecological stewardship in the canal restoration and Heulwen Trust, possibly the world’s first boat trip for vulnerable and less abled adults and children.

The forum is open to anyone interested in the restoration and development of the Montgomery Canal with its social, economic and environmental benefits for present and future generations.

There will be an opportunity to discuss any issue concerning the future of the Montgomery Canal and its contribution to the area.

Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust chairman Michael Limbrey said, “Major works are under way to extend the isolated section of canal in Powys and at the same time volunteers are hard at work to restore the canal to the Shropshire border at Llanymynech.

“Restoration ensures a safe and accessible towpath, protects the canal’s valuable ecology and its historic canal-age structures and ensures an amenity for water sports as well as boating visitors: all topics that will be covered at the forum.

“The Montgomery Canal is part of a network of waterways which extends from Newtown to London’s Docklands and deep into Yorkshire. Many miles of once neglected canal have been reopened to become attractive features enjoyed by visitors and residents in towns like Llangollen, Brecon, Stratford-on-Avon and Droitwich.

“We believe that the restored Montgomery Canal will be valuable in making the borderlands of Shropshire and Powys a great place for visitors and for residents to live, work and enjoy.”