Gloucestershire nature projects awarded lottery grants

Digger on the Stroudwater Canal
Image caption Money will be used to build angling platforms for the disabled and pond-dipping facilities for schools

Two Gloucestershire wildlife groups have won thousands of pounds of lottery cash.

The Waterways Trust will get £10,000 to improve the Stroudwater Canal, with better access for the disabled and removal of vegetation and silt.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust was awarded £9,288 for a project to protect wild daffodils in the Forest of Dean.

A Big Lottery Fund spokesman said the money would help protect and preserve local habitats for future generations.

Mosaic of habitats

The Stroudwater Canal, which is part of the Cotswolds Canals system, is undergoing a £22m restoration programme.

The overall project will eventually connect the River Severn with the River Thames.

Development manager Kim Chester said: "This award is a huge boost for the communities along the Stroudwater Canal.

"The project will deliver angling platforms for the disabled as well as pond-dipping facilities for local school groups, in addition wildlife will benefit from the creation of a mosaic of habitats."

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