TY Coch Restoration
A project to restore a derelict section of our canal in Cwmbran is now underway thanks to the support of a £854,500 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant awarded to Torfaen County Borough Council in partnership with our Trust.
The money is being used to develop a comprehensive programme of training to equip new and existing volunteers, including the long term unemployed, with the heritage construction skills and canal management techniques needed to carry out the restoration work. An estimated 270 volunteers will take part in the project, clocking up 6510 volunteer days with 150 taking part in training and a further 50 receiving accredited training. The aim is to see boating, fishing and canoeing taking place along this stretch of waterway once again for the benefit of visitors and locals.
Dr Manon Williams, Chair of HLF in Wales, said: "Wales' canals are an important heritage asset for the country and a haven for wildlife. This is a fantastic project with local people at the heart of it. By training volunteers in restoration and repair skills we can make sure the canal is maintained and valued well into the future. It's great to see so many volunteers wanting to get involved and open up this historic section of the canal once again as a place for Torfaen residents and visitors to enjoy, which will in turn bring benefits to the local economy."
Richard Dommett MBE, theTrust's Regeneration Manager , who has been working directly with community volunteers on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal for the past nine years, said: “The volunteers recognise the potential which the canal restoration brings to local communities, contributing positively to both the economic, social regeneration and the conservation of the communities’ local heritage.