Lichfield Towpath Trail commended in national awards

Work in Lichfield to create a disabled-friendly towpath trail has been recognised in a national competition.

The Living Waterways Awards 2015, run by the Canal and River Trust, celebrate the most inspiring and exciting waterway-based projects across the UK – and the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail received a commendation in the Restoration and Historic Environment section.

The opening of the Towpath Trail in 2014

The opening of the Towpath Trail in 2014

The quarter-mile long Heritage Towpath Trail, at Borrowcop Locks next to the A51 Tamworth Road in Lichfield, was built by volunteers from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.

It is part of a project to create a route along the seven-mile length of the abandoned Lichfield Canal, which the Trust is aiming to return to water.

The award citation reads: “Building materials were carefully chosen to enhance the original features of the canal, including the use of recycled materials to create the narrows alongside the towpath.

“As well as being accessible to wheelchair and mobility scooter users, it has bus stops at either end, making it appealing and relevant to the local community.”

The Trust’s Engineering Director Peter Buck said: “Projects like this are only possible with the many and varied skills all the volunteers bring to the work.”