Canal regeneration plans

Landscaping to be included in canal regeneration plans

Canals do not often make the headlines — they normally slumber on with only the pleasure boaters to ruffle the waters. However, landscapers and plant suppliers should take note of a multi-million- pound regeneration scheme of Welsh canals that is now at the consulting stage. A representative of British Waterways said: “There will certainly be a need for hard landscaping as there are plans for marinas and the restoration of towpaths, and soft landscaping will lead to the supply of plants, trees or shrubs.” Among the potential schemes outlined is a £50 million programme to fully restore the Montgomery Canal from Frankton Locks, in Shropshire, to Freestone Lock located near Newtown, in Powys. There is also a £55 million proposal to restore navigation to 56km of the Swansea, Neath and Tennant canal. Those wanting to keep an eye on the latest news should visit www. britishwaterways .co.uk. Interested parties wanting further details of plans for North Wales should call 01938 590079, while those wanting details on the South Wales contact need to call 01873 830328.

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