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Big plans as canal changes hands
11:24am Friday 13th July 2012 in News
RESPONSIBILITY for the Kennet and Avon Canal transferred from the Government to a new trust yesterday.
The Canal and River Trust has taken on the care of 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales from British Waterways.
The trust aims to attract new investment and give local people a greater say in canal management.
The charity says it is the largest ever transfer of state assets to charity.
The Kennet and Avon Canal, which runs between Reading and Bristol, opened in 1810.
The trust now wants to raise £10,000 to restore hedgerows along the canal to create habitats for creatures, including hedgehogs and bats.
It also wants to reclaim eroding banks to provide a habitat for voles and dragonflies, and transform the towpath in Bath with plants.
The trust is also creating a new woodland alongside the Caen Hill flight of locks, in Devizes, in conjunction with the Woodland Trust to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
It wants to create an orchard for the community in the woodland and is appealing for donations.