Bradford on Avon’s historic waterway to be rebuilt by volunteers

Volunteers in Bradford on Avon PHOTO: Canal & River Trust

Volunteers in Bradford on Avon PHOTO: Canal & River Trust - Credit: Archant

A team of volunteers in Bradford on Avon are to repair a historic stone wall that supports the towpath on the K&A Canal

The volunteers started to rebuild a stretch of Hen’s Orchard Wall last year after it had mostly collapsed.

Using traditional building methods and along with the support of a professional stonemason, the group has been trained in a variety of techniques including lime mortaring and stone dressing and have so far restored a 25-metre section of the wall to its original condition.

The volunteers hope to make progress on the remaining 30 metres of the wall still in need of attention, and are appealing for more people to get involved.

David Viner, heritage advisor at the Canal & River Trust, said “The wall is an important part of Bradford’s industrial heritage, and once completed will not only protect the towpath but also really improve the setting of Hen’s Orchard and the historic Tithe Barn. Put simply, we wouldn’t be able to do this kind of project without the help of the volunteers, who are incredibly dedicated and should be hugely proud of what they’ve achieved so far.”