Duncan celebrates restoration of Wiltshire waterway reaching flight of locks

Duncan attended the opening of the latest section of the Wilts & Berks Canal to be restored on Bank Holiday Monday. He joined the Chairman of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust to cut a ribbon marking the charity reaching Pewsham Locks.

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This follows the dredging and refilling of 1,500 metres of the canal between Melksham and Chippenham by volunteers last year. They gave thousands of hours of their own time to renovate the canal and towpath and have also installed information boards, benches and wildlife boxes.

The day’s events included the Trust’s annual sponsored walk, following part of the old canal route between the two towns. Funds raised from the event will be used to support the restoration of the first of the flight’s structures – Bottom Lock.

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust chairman, John Laverick, said:

“With the stretch between Melksham and Chippenham being extended further every year, our dream of a fully restored canal is steadily becoming a reality.”