The cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has announced over £2.5 million funding for Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales, to make improvements on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal (Mon & Brec).
The funding will be used to secure the embankments, reduce water leakage and introduce improvements to the way the canal’s habitats are managed.
The Welsh Government funding is supporting an essential part of Glandŵr Cymru’s wider project to reinvigorate the water corridor from Brecon to Newport and from Newport to Cwmcarn, for the benefit of its communities and its wildlife.
Announcing the latest round of funding, the environment secretary said: “Living waterways have the potential to transform places, bringing economic benefits to the surrounding communities and improving health and well-being.
“I am pleased we are able to support Glandŵr Cymru’s ambitious project to reinvigorate the waterways from mid to south-east Wales, some of which travel through some of our more deprived areas and have the capacity to bring huge environmental, social and economic benefits.”
Work is already underway, with the canal drained early this week and fish rescues taking place.