Chichester Canal campaigns to repair banks

Chichester Canal is asking residents for support as it campaigns for funding to repair the banks of the popular waterway.

Chichester Canal
Chichester Canal

Walkers, runners, dog walkers and cyclists, along with kayakers and paddleboarders, have rediscovered the attraction of Chichester Canal during the months of lockdown.

Many people took to the towpath for daily exercise to maintain their health and wellbeing. This tranquil waterside walk provided much needed peace and calmness during a time of uncertainty and continues as we live with ongoing restrictions.

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Catherine Cannon, trustee, said: "We’re so fortunate to have this valuable community asset right on our doorstep."

Wildlife has returned in abundance as well as the weeds, both in and out of the water. Along with encroaching vegetation, the canal banks are slowly being eroded and need significant repairs to ensure they support the towpath, are safe for footpath users and for waterway users.

Some of the work is and can be undertaken by the canal's enthusiastic band of volunteers however some necessitates the involvement of professional companies.

Catherine added: "Sadly, like many other small charities, our income has been severely reduced due to Covid19. Contrary to popular belief we receive no funding from local authorities – everything we do at the Canal is wholly self-funded.

"The virus has had a severe impact on our ability to generate income to repair and maintain the canal. We are however very grateful to all those who have supported the Canal, whether through visiting our Café or enjoying a boat trip’.

"The cost to return the banks to good order is around £200,000. We need your help to raise these funds to keep your canal safe, secure and enjoyable for you, your family

and friends now and in the future.

"To kick this off, we are launching a short crowd-funding campaign to raise £10,000. This approach means we could benefit from West Sussex County Council Community Initiative Funding. Please support us and pledge by 1st December 2020."

For more information please visit www.spacehive.com/chichestercanalfuture and follow us on social media for the latest appeal updates.