MORE than 600 visitors had the rare opportunity to venture to the bottom of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in Llangattock on Sunday and enjoyed the rare opportunity to walked along a 650 metre drained section of the canal ahead of the grand reopening.
In this one-off showcase the charity Glandwr Cymru – the Canal & River Trust in Wales, gave visitors the chance to go where no one else has been before by walking along the bottom of the canal before it’s filled with water. The charity’s team of experts were on hand to explain about their specialist skills and the heritage techniques still used today.
Nick Lewis, project manager for the Canal & River Trust, says, “It was great to see so many people come along and learn about the Canal and River Trust, what we’ve been doing for five months in Llangattock and why this work is so important.
“The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is one of the real gems of our canal system, but it’s not an easy one to take care of. It requires constant maintenance to keep it running smoothly, a job made all the more challenging when it’s built half way up a hill!
The project faced challenges along the way, namely when the Trust changed its plans in order to save 40 trees along the towpath which were home to many nesting bats and are an important part of the local ecosystem.
Identified as essential work, £2.53million of the total cost was funded by Welsh Government. It’s taken a large team of 30 people from the Trust and Kier, the charity’s contractor, to carry out the work - the project started in November 2016, will be completed on 29th March and opened to the public on 31st March.
To find out more about the open days happening across the country go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/open-days.