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Wallbridge Project Awarded

Wallbridge Award

The Gloucestershire branch of The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) recently presented a joint award to organisations involved in the restoration of the canal at Wallbridge, Stroud.

Viscount Bledisloe presented representatives of Stroud District Council, Gloucestershire County Council, The Cotswold Canals Trust and The Lockkepers Cafe with plaques and framed citations at Highnam Court on 17th October.

Awards Programme Rationale

County CPRE Chairman Charlie Watson explained the rationale behind the awards programme.

He explained that CPRE recognises and celebrates projects which are exemplars of good practice.

Displays in the room bore the strapline…

"Change is inevitable but it must be for the better".

Vice Chair Richard Lloyd then gave an illustrated summary of the awards made to five separate schemes.

These included such diverse projects as an orchard skills centre, a barn converted for use by a physiotherapy business, the restoration of an ancient clapper bridge and a gas pipeline through the Cotswolds!

The Wallbridge Citation

'For bringing to life a derelict and badly damaged part of Stroud's Canal heritage, restoring a section of canal fully retaining its character, raising the profile of volunteer and community action, and providing an important visitor focus at the same time as resolving a long standing traffic problem. The project is an outstanding example of a creative partnership.'

Pictured left to right are CCT Chief Executive Ken Burgin and Visitor Centre Manager Clive Field with Viscount Bledisloe.

Other CPRE Support

CPRE Stroud & Gloucestershire districts recently funded the installation of a Canal side bench at The Ocean near Stonehouse.

The benches are recycled hardwood and are manufactured and installed by Cotswold Canals Trust Volunteers.
(Photograph by CCT's Mike Gallagher)

Find out more

Click here, or on the bench plaque below to find out more about the work of the Campaign to Protect Rural England in Gloucestershire.