Waterways in Progress Grant
The Waterways in Progress Grant from the Inland Waterways Association involved providing £100,000 in funding to various worthy projects which support the restoration of inland waterways, development of community space and enhancing habitats along the water. We've been granted £14,000! For such a sizeable chunk of funding, there was a rigorous application process to which our volunteers have contributed many hours of their valuable time, so we're pleased that their hard work has paid off.
Shrivenham Canal Park, formerly called Pocket Park, is owned by the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust. It covers 4 acres bounded to the south by the line of the historic canal. It forms part of the Shrivenham Circular Walk and is very popular with the local community.
The Trust is now working to improve the park as a community asset. This includes initiatives to increase the biodiversity and wildlife in the 4 acres and a community engagement approach to establishing and maintaining this work. As a key feature it will include re-watering the 125m section of canal included in the park, enabling kayaking from the existing slipway. This project is a small part of the long term plan for the eventual delivery of our Trust’s 70-mile canal across Oxfordshire, Swindon and Wiltshire.