THE Chesterfield Canal Trust has launched a crowdfunder appeal in association with the Aviva Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund to create new community spaces at Staveley, Derbyshire.
Aviva is kick-starting the appeal with £500 and will give the trust £2 for every £1 it raises, up to a maximum of £15,000. This means that if the trust can raise £7500, Aviva will turn it into £23,000, or up to £24,500 with Gift Aid.
The six-week appeal finishes on December 19; to see full details and make a donation, search for Chesterfield Canal Trust and follow the links.
Works will take place at Hartington where there is just rough ground and steep slopes. But over the next 18 months a new Trans-Pennine Trail bridge and a lock will be built and the canal will be restored.
The trust wants to create a great canalside environment for people and wildlife around the new bridge, giving nature a head start and creating a suitable setting for the new lock which will be built early in 2025.
It needs to raise funds for 60 trees (some semi-mature), 200m of hedging, 12 benches (including four wheelchair-accessible ones), native wildflowers, signs and information boards, accessible paths and landscaping works.
The new information boards will encourage people to learn about and help tackle climate change and the planting will take this into account.