Wilts & Berks Canal Trust to restore derelict stretch
A derelict stretch of Wiltshire canal which was filled in and abandoned last century is to be restored.
The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust says it has raised £575,000 in grants to breathe life back into the canal at Studley Grange.
It wants to form a navigable waterway between the Kennet & Avon Canal, Thames & Severn Canal and the River Thames.
Work is expected to begin this month on the 1.2km (0.7m) stretch between Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon.
Kath Hatton, vice-chairman of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, said: "It will be a complex operation....so contractors will need to excavate the route and then dispose of the soil on the adjacent former landfill site as part of a new landscaping scheme.
"The damaged towpath will be reinstated and piling work will be required to stabilise some of the canal bank.
"However, once the work has been completed we will have a wonderful new wildlife haven which will be freely accessible to the local community."
The trust is fundraising for some of the preliminary works including site clearance and ground investigations.