Cromford Canal conservation receives £76,000 grant

Cromford Canal
Image caption The conservation work will form part of a large restoration project for the canal

A conservation project on a Derbyshire canal has received a £76,000 grant.

The funds from Natural England will pay for vegetation management around Cromford Canal and restoring a sluice mechanism in the mill yard.

The canal is home to the rapidly declining water vole species and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, due to its aquatic plants and animals.

Derbyshire County Council said the money would "continue to look after this wonderful asset".

The conservation work will include clearing reeds, cutting back bankside vegetation and controlling the Himalayan Balsam weed which grows along the canal.

Matthew Rogers, chairman of the Friends of Cromford Canal, said the work formed part of the ongoing project to restore the canal for navigation between Langley Mill and Cromford.

"Like any canal, it is a man-made structure and without regular maintenance it will be lost," he said.

"Derbyshire County Council has committed a lot of money over the last few years and any grant we can get for regular work is incredibly beneficial."

The 15-mile Cromford Canal was built in 1794 and now forms part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

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