The dream has come true: the new canal section is opened to the public.
A great day for the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust - supporters, funders, landowners and the public gathered by the Wilts & Berks Canal at Studley Grange, between Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon, for the formal opening of a new section some 1.2 km in length.
Chair of Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, Roderick Bluh, Chair of Viridor Credits Board, Peter Renshaw and fellow Trustee David Robertson, together with Biffa representatives Nick Emery, National Estates Manager and Dean Willett, formally opened this newly restored section of the Wilts & Berks canal.
Joining in the celebrations were Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett, Mike Farrow, Chair of Wiltshire Council, Cllr Allison Bucknell, Deputy Leader Vale of White Horse District Council, Cllr Ben Mabbet and Chair of The Wiltshire, Swindon & Oxfordshire Canal Partnership, Fleur de rhe Philipe. Also present were contractors, project managers, members of the public who had contributed to the project, WBCT members and volunteers and many local people who have all helped to bring this dream to reality.
The entrance to the Studley Grange can be found off Bincknoll Lane at Chaddington Lane Bridge, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 8QR.
(Please note: The towpath is subject to closure at short notice to allow the adjacent landfill site to undertake maintenance operations as needed.)