Lottery bid success will make Stroud and Stonehouse canal towns after 70-year break

Stroud and Stonehouse are set to become canal towns once again, following The
National Lottery Heritage Fund’s decision to grant £8.9 million to the Cotswold Canals
Connected Project.
The exciting decision, announced today, means that the five miles of canal already
restored will be connected to the national inland waterway network at Saul Junction.

As well as opening up another 4.5 miles of canal, the funding will see huge benefits
in terms of the economy, leisure, community, health, heritage and the environment,
including the creation of 21 hectares of biodiversity land, planting 30,000 trees and
shrubs, generating additional spending of £5.5 million per year in the local economy,
bringing health benefits estimated at £8 million a year, preserving the canal archives
from the 1730s and involving up to 500 extra volunteers

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