Creative Sustainability is delighted to be working with the partnership and local communities to develop the community engagement strategy for the canal restoration project.

We will be working with local people, community groups and businesses, making sure everyone who wants to can take part so that the restoration project is inclusive, community-led and benefits local people and communities, wildlife and heritage.

Earlier this year, Heritage Lottery awarded £842,000 towards the £2 million cost of drawing up detailed proposals for restoration of the canal between Stonehouse and Saul Junction. Headed up by Stroud District Council, the project partnership aims to ensure people and communities engage with their local canal and wildlife heritage and are included in all the project’s activities.

The community engagement team at Creative Sustainability are working in partnership with local volunteer-centred, environmental and canal organisations: The Cotswold Canal Trust, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Stroud Valleys Canal Company and Stroudwater Navigation Archive Charity, to create a programme of exciting, inclusive and hands-on opportunities for people and communities living and working along the canal corridor – all the way from Saul Junction to Chalford.

People and local communities can get involved in wildlife conservation along the canal banks, explore the old canal archives and join heritage walks, share stories of the canal and join in arts and photography workshops. There will be canal-based activities for schools, mentor schemes and volunteering opportunities, and workshops for local social enterprises.

Map by Ruth Hickson

Canal based festivals in May and September, as well as activities and exhibitions in local communities will give everyone the chance to have fun, explore the canal, enjoy the wildlife and celebrate together.

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