LICHFIELD and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust has secured a £250,000 grant from Biffa Award for the next phase of its Darnford Moors Ecology Park project.
It will restore the canal channel from Darnford Lane to the lift-bridge, providing habitat improvements with wetland margins and hedgerow corridors.
LHCRT chairman Carole Mills said: “This is excellent news for the trust and our volunteers! The grant from Biffa Award will have a huge impact towards getting another 250m of canal into water, creating a vital space for wildlife and community enjoyment of the natural environment.”
Phase one of the project is already under way but this largest funding from Biffa Award will form phase two, taking the canal another step forward in water from Darnford Lane, connecting at a later stage with Huddlesford Junction on the Coventry Canal.
While LHCRT’s volunteers have been preparing the site, Onsite Central Limited has been awarded the contract to carry out the work with Bluetech Waterfront Solutions Ltd overseeing the contract.
Biffa Award grants manager Rachel Maidment said: “Through our Partnership Grants Scheme we are able to make significant grants to projects that introduce, conserve or protect our wildlife, paving the way for nature’s recovery on a large scale.”
The work is scheduled to be completed, with the canal in water, by the end of the year.