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Funding to help canal restoration trust create new nature reserve in Lichfield

A new nature reserve is to be created at Lichfield’s Fosseway Heath as part of the plan to restore the city’s canal.

An artist’s impression of the restored canal as it passes Fosseway Heath

An artist’s impression of the restored canal as it passes Fosseway Heath

An £18,500 award from the Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving body funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will enable Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust (LHCRT) to develop the site at the city’s south-western corner.

The reserve will incorporate a Heritage Towpath Trail along the route of the canal by creating a proper surfaced towpath, giving improved access for all, especially those from the existing and proposed further housing developments near the site.

A circuit will provide disabled and push-chair friendly access with boardwalks through a planned wetland area.

The reserve will play an important role in enhancing an established plan to recreate Staffordshire’s rare lowland heathland, providing another stepping stone for improving biodiversity.

LHCRT’s development at Fosseway recognises its importance as a site for linnets, migratory birds and small mammals. Work is expected to start in October and will be completed a year later.

Trust chairperson Christine Bull said: “Having joined LHCRT’s Grounds Team because of my passion for improving the environment, I am absolutely delighted that this project, planned by the Trust several years ago, now has the funding to go ahead.

“It will be a real showcase for the fact that canals, whether in water or not, are amazing ‘green corridors’ providing benefits to both wildlife and people.

“We would like to acknowledge the support of Postcode Local Trust and thank the players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making our project possible with this award.”

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