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Success for Stroud’s Canals

The people of Stroud vote in droves to win £60,000 for the town’s canal.

The restoration of the Cotswolds Canals was selected by ITV’s People’s Millions Lottery programme to face a public vote on Wednesday 29 June. Thanks to this win, the Cotswold Canals Partnership will be able to create a heritage trail and improve the towpath alongside the canal creating better access to the town centre.

Kim Chester, Development Manager for
The Waterways Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted and would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped us – project supporters who took part in the filming day, the Highways Agency for the use of alert signs to promote the project and to everyone who voted for us.

“This win shows just how much the restoration of the canal means to people living in the area.

The improvements will help to provide better walking routes to and from the town centre and the heritage trail will help to bring Stroud’s amazing history to life.”


The project will create a canal side footpath connecting the town and the surrounding national and regional paths.

The route will be signposted by traditional mile markers and podcast recordings made by the community that capture the spirit of the district through stories about its past and vision for its future.

Local volunteers will help clear and surface the towpath; others will learn how to recreate the traditional markers and will create the podcast recordings.