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Update on The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust plans to turn a Landfill Site into a Wildlife Trail
Monday, 07 September 2015 17:07

Press Release from the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust

10th September 2015

Update on The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust plans to turn a Landfill Site into a Wildlife Trail

This exciting project at Royal Wootton Bassett has been under way since June with appointed contractors Land & Water Services Ltd carrying out the major earth works required to reconstruct this 1.25 kilometre section of the Wilts & Berks Canal.  Major works will be completed by mid October and will create a wildlife trail alongside a former landfill site, quite a contrast to the derelict place that it is at present.  The material excavated to form the canal will be used to cap off the landfill site, saving hundreds of lorry movements that would otherwise be needed to bring in the necessary material.  There will eventually be 24/7 access for all and this stretch will link with the already restored section around Chaddington Lock.

The Trust has appointed Kate Jones as project officer and she is involving the local community, especially children’s groups and schools who will be able to visit and help with planting and monitoring the return of the wildlife.

A scheme of this magnitude inevitably has rising costs so there is a continuing need for further funding for this scheme, and the Trust is extending its current funding appeal to be able to complete the project.

On Thursday10th September from 2pm the Trust and the contractors are arranging an opportunity to visit the site works.  (Please note that due to ground conditions this may be subject to last minute postponement.)

Members of the Press who wish to attend please contact Chris Coyle to confirm


The Biffa landfill site near Royal Wootton Basset is no longer taking in rubbish, and is in the process of being finished off and landscaped.  The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is working with Biffa on imaginative plans to restore the canal; but there is a lot more to it than that.  We plan to transform the canal corridor into a wildlife trail, and are involving Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Earth in the planning and execution of the work.

The site will close for good at the end of the year, so the Trust must complete the whole restoration this year.  Despite generous donations and grants the Trust needs to find a minimum of £50,000

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