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Improving the Environment along the Canal

We are not only committed to re-opening the towpath and the canal itself but also to making a 'BLUE-GREEN' corridor that beneits all wildlife. To that end we are looking to improve and / or re-instate the hedgerows that once lined the canal, to create wildflower meadows to help bees and many other pollinating insects and where possible plant more trees.

Hedgerows along the Canal

As a lot of the canal runs through what is still ountryside some of the original hedges or at least the hedgeline still remain. However over the years they have been severly neglected so they are now in a sorry state often with large gaps in them and over run by brambles and ivy. Our aim is to cut out as much of the brambles and ivy as possible, remove any dead wood, and layer the hedge to encourage it to thicken and so provide an improved wildlife habitat for birds and many small creatures. Below shows a presentation in pictures of some of the work we are doing to improve the hedgerows. 


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thumb Robert Rose holding Wantage to Challow CanalOn a damp April afternoon, in a room filled with original paintings alongside family photos in Wantage, my host Robert Rose sits down as we have a cup tea and chat.

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