A campaign to restore the Cotswolds’ canal network has taken a step forward thanks to a donation of wood from Sanctuary Housing to the Cotswold Canals Trust.
The leading housing provider donated wood from overgrown trees behind residents’ homes in Brick Row, Stroud, to the local charity, which campaigns for the restoration of the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames and Severn Canal.
After volunteers from the Trust collected the wood, it will now be turned into firewood and offered for sale to local residents. The proceeds will be used to help fund the restoration of the waterways which ran for 36 miles from Saul Junction to Lechlade before being closed in the mid-twentieth century.
Sanctuary’s housing officer John Saunders said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to do our bit towards helping a local cause that will restore the heritage of this canal.
“The canal has centuries of history behind it, and will be a great attraction for both local people and visitors to learn about the background of the Cotswolds’ waterways.”
David Pagett from the Cotswold Canals Trust added: “The Cotswolds’ canals were open for around 140 years and they are an important part of the local history. Sanctuary’s kind donation of felled timber will be a welcome contribution towards the restoration costs. The next planned phase is to re-connect the Cotswolds’ canals to the national waterways network at Saul Junction, at a cost of approximately £20 million.
“Once it’s completed, the restored canal will be a living example of the area’s unique industrial, cultural and natural heritage.”