Progress Derby... and Erewash...
Meanwhile on the Derby they’ve cleared a lock ready for restoration and acquired a row of cottages - while the Erewash marks 45 years since reopening
Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust are making good progress in recovery of a stretch of canal and lock chamber at Borrowash. Working party teams have cleared a 350m length of encroaching trees and undergrowth and have exposed Shacklecross Lock ready for restoration work to start. Once evaluation is complete volunteers will be aiming to replace lining bricks and coping stones to the lock chamber. This will be a real 3-D puzzle as the original stones are now scattered around the site. WRG Forestry team are planning a visit in late October to take out dangerous alders along the towpath that are leaning over the adjacent railway line. It will be a rope and winch job to get rid of the last trees in the way of the restoration. Meanwhile the Trust has agreed the method statement to excavate a lock chamber at the entrance to the Derby Canal from the Erewash canal at Sandiacre and to deal with the infill including asbestos particles. Fund raising is now imminent on this project and is already underway for a full kilometre stretch at Draycott – of an appeal to the public for £100,000 the Trust has The uncovered Shacklecross Lock awaits restoration already raised £35,000.
Navvies 284 - September-October 2017. WRG's magazine for volunteers restoring the waterways.