24 May 2012

Walking an Arm's length to restore historic canal

Diggers at Arm canalA six and three quarter mile sponsored walk to raise vital funds to restore the historical Wendover Arm canal is being organised for September 2nd. More than five hundred walkers are due to take and a fundraising target of £25,000 has been set.

The Wendover Arm Trust wants to restore the length of the Wendover Arm from Wendover and Bulbourne Junction, near Tring. It costs £400 per meter to reline the canal bank. Volunteers are currently working on a one and a half mile section around Drayton Beauchamp.

All the work is carried out by volunteers using modern engineering solutions to provide a legacy for future generations. Money is spent buying raw materials and hiring mechanical plant. Every donation makes a big difference. With just £150 the group can hire a digger for the day and £50 pays for five feet of lining to make the canal watertight.

This 215 year-old stretch of canal - the “M1″ of its day - meanders through some of Britain's most unspoilt countryside and it is a haven for wildlife.

Katherine Deaney, the walk organiser and membership secretary for the Trust encourages people to get involved, saying: "We can promise walkers a great day out and a chance to raise funds for an amazing amenity for everyone."

The organisers have decided to use BT’s MyDonate service to collect sponsorship, because it is so much easier than paper forms and it's free. No set up fees, subscription or commission is charged, which means the Trust receives more of the donation.

For more information about the walk visit www.wendoverarmwalk.org.uk

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