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Appeal to raise money for restoration work on Montgomery Canal reaches close to £100,000

11 Sep 2023 3 minute read
The Montgomery Canal

An appeal to raise funds for restoration work to be carried out on the Montgomery Canal has raised more than £95,000 in just three months.

A substantial donation from an anonymous family company has boosted the appeal, along with online donations, cheques and cash bucket collections. The Restore the Montgomery Canal appeal is hoping to raise £250,000 in total.

Appeal chairman Michael Limbrey said: “There are only two miles of dry canal left in Shropshire and volunteers of the Shropshire Union Canal Society have already started to restore the next half mile.

“The last section was restored with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The appeal we launched in June will provide the experienced work parties with vital materials and equipment. Without public donations, the volunteers may have to stop.

“We are particularly delighted that a private company has given £25,000 to the appeal in the hope that other businesses will follow its example.”

Huge benefits

A representative for the company, which wishes to remain anonymous, said: “We have been so impressed by the work of the volunteers in the restoration to date. We welcome the huge benefits which restoration will bring to the community in terms of economic regeneration, wellbeing – both physical and mental health – towpath use and improvements to the built and natural world heritage.

“This donation is coming from our Corporate Social Responsibility budget and we hope other companies will follow our lead.”

Mr Limbrey added: “In Powys, the UK Government’s Levelling-Up Fund is supporting an amazing programme of works which will bring nearer the day when the canal is fully open from Welshpool to the Shropshire border at Llanymynech.

“There will be new bridges, a revived canal channel and new nature reserves to safeguard valuable wildlife.

“But that still leaves the Shropshire Gap, those two miles of derelict canal”.

“The reopened canal through the borderlands of Shropshire and Mid Wales will be a great amenity for recreation and conservation which can help to make this a more attractive area to visit, live and work.”

Organisers of the appeal say that individual donations have ranged from £5 to £1,000 and many donors have added Gift Aid which boosts the value of the contribution by 25%.

Donations can be made online at or can be sent to Restore the Montgomery Canal!, Tixall Lodge, Stafford ST18 0XS.

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