Thursday, 12 December 2013

CRT "Notices" update; Shroppie featured on Radio 4

Have the people at the Canal and River Trust been reading my blog? Or is it coincidence that their "notice alerts" now indicate in the subject box whether they relate to a stoppage or a restriction?

This is better. As CRT itself admits, it has been having a few problems with the alert system - this was in one recent alert:

Update on 11/12/2013:
Due to technical issues with the new stoppage page, some teething problems have occurred. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.


There was a half-hour Open Country programme on Radio 4 this afternoon centred on the northern Shroppie. It included a fair bit on the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port.

This is from the website:

Felicity Evans travels along the backwaters of the Shropshire Union Canal meeting people who've adopted a new area as their own.
Starting out near Beeston she joins Wirral Autistic Society who have adopted a 2 mile stretch of the canal, which they've used regularly, to maintain its upkeep. She sets to work and finds out how it's changed how they feel about the area.
Along the way she helps monitor the hedgerows which were introduced when the canals were created to stop stock entering the waterways. Now many sections are in poor condition but they need to be improved to help a rare moth which has adopted it as its own.
Travelling on to Ellesmere Port and the National Waterways Museum [she] finds out who still use the canals and how a new generation are learning the traditional skills to rebuild and restore heritage boats.

The programme is repeated this Saturday, 14th Dec 2013, at 0607 (FM only) or is available for a week on the iPlayer.

Photo above: Shadow ascending the Bunbury Staircase in July 2010

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