Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales, is investing £250,000 in the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal this winter, part of a wider £50 million being invested in the canal network across England and Wales.
A four-month programme of improvements is underway to protect and preserve the 35-mile canal, which has a history dating back over 220 years.
Works will be completed in March 2024 and will see the Trust’s team of staff and volunteers carry out repairs on bridges and canal banks.
The programme includes draining the canal between Brecon Basin and Brynich Lock to keep the canal watertight at the most northern point, grouting work on the Llan-Brynean Bridge and leak investigation and concrete channel repairs at Llanover, north of Goytre Wharf.
Repairs at Baylis Bridge have already been completed this winter, while channel repairs are due to be completed in mid-February at Park y Brain south of Goytre Wharf.
“Our winter works programme is vital to ensure we keep the rich history of the canal alive so we can protect it to benefit people today and for future generations,” said Lee Brain, area operations manager for the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal.
“Our skilled team of staff and volunteers is working to repair bridges, leaks and the concrete channel in the canal as part of our ongoing maintenance to keep the canal open, safe and accessible for boaters and all other visitors.
“The canal is over two centuries old and the work that we are doing is vital as the canal holds such a special place in the heart of the Usk Valley and Brecon Beacons National Park for people, wildlife and its heritage.”
The works are vital to keep the canal network in working order despite the challenges from because of its age and the increasing impact of climate change.