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Science and engineering group learn about project to restore the Lichfield Canal

A group of science and engineering enthusiasts gathered on the towpath of Lichfield Canal to learn about the challenges faced by volunteers restoring the waterway.

Guiding 60 members of the Lichfield Science and Engineering Society, Peter Buck, chief engineer of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, and Bob Williams, the trust’s finance director, explained the recent progress of the ambitious project to bring the seven-mile route back to life.

Peter Buck addresses members of Lichfield Science and Engineering Society at Borrrowcop Locks Canal Park

Peter Buck addresses members of Lichfield Science and Engineering Society at Borrrowcop Locks Canal Park

The group joined the Heritage Towpath Trail at Tamworth Road where they saw the recently completed section between the narrows and the road which has now started to fill with water.

Having learned about the different materials the trust had tested to waterproof the canal – including concrete, clay and a fabric lining – the science and engineering enthusiasts moved on to Gallows Wharf, the site of the last hangings to take place in Lichfield.

Finishing the tour at Birmingham Road, the society members were told of one of the trust’s greatest challenges, to build a tunnel under the cross city railway line at the same time as a tunnel is constructed to take the road extension to the Lichfield Southern Bypass.

The visitors boosted the £1million David Suchet Tunnel Vision appeal with a contribution of £383 and Alan Hooper, visits secretary of Lichfield Science and Engineering Society, said: “When I initially advised the society of the proposed visit, I was immediately overwhelmed with interest.

“The response from the membership demonstrates the great respect and interest that the local population hold of the restoration project.”

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