VOLUNTEERS on a canal restoration in South Devon will be able to keep their towpath clear much more easily, thanks in part to a grant from The Inland Waterways Association towards the purchase of a tractor.
Stover Canal Trust, which maintains the towpath along the Stover Canal, also received funding from the National Lottery and Kingsteignton Town Council towards the Land Legend tractor and trailer.
The Trust, which is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Stover Canal, recently restored the section of towpath from Newton Abbot to Teignbridge.
The canal towpath is a popular walking route, and the tractor will be used to keep it clear of vegetation, as well as helping with improvements to the remaining section from Teigngrace to Ventiford.
John Pike, Chairman of the Stover Canal Trust, said “We are extremely grateful to IWA for contributing to the cost of this machine. We aim to involve the local community in our restoration work through volunteering opportunities, and the new tractor will enable more volunteer work to be carried out, helping us to achieve a better standard of maintenance of the towpath. Walkers and visitors will get better access to the canal and its structures as a result.”
The Stover Canal has benefited from other IWA restoration support recently. IWA‘s Waterway Recovery Group held two Canal Camps this summer working on the restoration of Ventiford Basin, with another two camps last year assisting in the restoration of Graving Dock Lock.