Residents learn more about plans to restore Lichfield Canal on guided walk

Lichfield Canal’s connection with the community was demonstrated when a group of city residents took part in a two-mile return walk to learn about the work done by a restoration trust.

Boley Park residents on the Lichfield Canal walk

Boley Park residents on the Lichfield Canal walk

Accompanied by Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust engineering director Peter Buck and his wife Jeanne with communications director Christine Howles, the group walked from Darnford Park to the site of a proposed tunnel under the cross city railway at Birmingham Road.

Boley Park resident Derek Jones, who arranged the walk so that he and his neighbours could find out more about the canal, said: “All the Lichfield residents who took part found it a very enjoyable experience.

“All present, including those who had lived in Lichfield for 40 years, gained a new insight into what had happened and why, and what needed to be done.

“They found the input from the canal trustees very useful and would recommend other groups approach the trust for a similar walk.

“Naturally a reasonable voluntary donation for the trustees’ time would be appropriate to help them raise the £1million for the latest project.”

The group’s own voluntary donations raised £75 for the Trust’s David Suchet Tunnel Vision appeal.

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