Stroud, Severn Vale 2016
The Cotswold Canals Trust is a charity thats aims to restore the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames and Severn Canal. The trust was founded in 1972 by local enthusiasts, with the original idea of restoring only the Stroudwater Navigation, so the town of Stroud would be connected to the water ways again. However as soon as the trust gained membership there was an obvious want to extend the restoration into the Thames and Severn Canal.
Currently, restoration work is taking part on a stretch of the canal that travels through the middle of Stroud. This a particularly difficult section of the restoration, with the restoration of 10 locks and rebuilding 10 bridges. This first section is part of Phase 1a of the restoration. (The trust has started to create funds to start work on Phase 1b, this phase will finally connect Stroud with Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.)