Pocklington Canal Scheme Includes Dredging

The Pocklington Canal’s important wildlife habitats and historic features are to be improved after securing a £496,600 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Canal and River Trust announced yesterday.

Part of the project will involve dredging sections of the canal which is important for aquatic plants and cutting back overgrowing reeds to ensure they don’t overwhelm other species thereby improving the SSSI.

Jon Horsfall, waterway manager for the Canal and River Trust, said: “The Pocklington Canal is full of unique character and that’s what this project is all about; protecting and improving the wildlife and historical features that make the canal so special and nationally important, but doing it in a way that is sympathetic and in keeping with its valuable heritage.”

As well as the physical works, the project will also enable local people to get involved in community events, walks and talks, traditional skills workshops, educational opportunities and even a festival to mark the canal’s 200 year anniversary.

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