Ahead of schedule as restoration appeal launched

Young volunteers help with the digging. PHOTO: DERBY & SANDIACRE CANAL SOCIETY

TO HELP start the celebration of the launch of a public appeal to raise £100,000 to start the restoration of getting water back into the Draycott stretch of the canal, volunteers from the Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society have finished the final part of over one mile of hedge laying at Draycott.

Two teams concentrated on the final push and work was completed 18 months in advance of the planned timescale, largely due to the increasing numbers of helpers that are turning out to assist in this valuable asset to local wildlife and social wellbeing.

Work is to continue on the section of hedge that aligns Derby Road that is in a very poor condition and it is aimed to restore some of the neglected fencing for safety reasons.

Work is also continuing at the society’s Borrowash project where working parties take place every other Wednesday, or indeed, every week for some.

A recent working party at Borrowash attracted two of the society’s youngest volunteers to help with the digging, of course under parental control.

 Full details of how to pledge support for the Draycott project and how to join the Society are available at http://derbycanal.org.uk/

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