Pocklington Canal in landmark agreement

Published: Monday 9th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Pocklington Canal’s accessibility and wildlife protection will be enhanced if a new lottery fund bid is successful.

The Canal and River Trust has teamed up with Natural England in a trailblazing agreement to pitch for £460,000 of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money.

The agreement was signed on the canal’s banks and also aims to safeguard the country’s waterways.

The Trust is submitting the bid this month, while Natural England seeks to secure it a red tape-busting organisational licence.

This will facilitate free movement of badgers, water voles, badgers, native crayfish and other protected species while canal maintenance work is being routinely carried out.

Only four decades earlier, Pocklington Canal had fallen into disrepair and neglect.

It only narrowly avoided being a processed sewage sludge dumping ground. Campaigners and volunteers in the area helped to prevent this from happening.

Today, the site enjoys almost total protection under its Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) banner. Its thriving wildlife includes damselflies, dragonflies, breeding birds and scarce water plants.

The Trust wants to reproduce Pocklington’s example elsewhere along the country’s canal networks in helping to coax communities to get more involved in local canal management.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Monday 9th November 2015 by The News Editor

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