Current Projects

Current projects

We have a number of current restoration projects under way where, together with our partners, we are restoring the canal towards a navigable state and to provide wildlife habitats, cycleways and routes for walkers along the restored towpath. The restored canal will reestablish a lost link in the national waterways network, and the project will be part of the green infrastructure of the region, creating connections between existing wildlife habitats and creating aquatic and wetland habitats for endangered species. Additionally, it will offer a potentially valuable tool for use alongside other flood management initiatives.

Please click the site name to see details of each main restoration site we are working at:

Bourton Meadow (near Buckingham)
  • Restoration completed – including the re-relining, re-watering and planting
  • Permanent top-up pump solution now in progress. A chamber has been built with a river inlet and a solar powered pump is due to be installed during winter 2016/17
Cosgrove (between Cosgrove Lock and A5)
  • Built a farm access track and compound to enable bridge 1 excavation, restoration
  • Re-watering will follow
  • Formal adoption of the canal and lock by BCS was agreed in November 2012 and continues
  • Initial bund (dam) built Spring 2013 by hand to demonstrate re-watering capability, hydraulically and geotechncial viability.
  • Detailed plans being drawn up and work budgeted for descent channel to drop down and go under the A5
  • Access permissions agreed with adjacent landowner (MKDONS) and tenant farmer
Hyde Lane (near Thornborough)
  • Footpath edging and top dressing has been progressing during summer 2016. Specialist woodland wildflower seed will be planted in Spring 2017
  • Restoration work in progress including the creation of two bunds (dams) to allow the rewatering by use of back pumping water from the bottom level of the lock
  • The lock chamber restored 2008 thanks to a grant from WREN
  • Lock gates fitted 2012 thansk to CRT who provided these
  • Further general maintenance and lock chamber work ongoing
Little Hill Farm (near Thornton)
  • Accommodation bridge fully restored 2011
  • Second accommodation crossing needs replacing
  • 1 mile of canal at this location is ready for re-watering once bunds are build
  • General maintenance ongoing