Canal towpath to reopen after fallen tree is removed
TOWPATH users will be celebrating this week after it was revealed that a fallen tree blocking the path is about to be removed.
The first Crack Willow fell across the canal and towpath at Upper Mills in Stonehouse at the end of July and only three days after the first tree was cleared a second tree fell only five metres away.
Due to the potential danger of serious injury to canal users and restorers the county council officially closed the towpath.
However this weekend a team from the Forestry Division of the Waterway Recovery Group will be visiting the site to remove the fallen tree along with any other trees which are deemed ‘at risk of falling’.
Team leader Clive Alderman said: "Our aim is to clear the navigation and remove other trees that appear at risk of falling.
"We will work as swiftly as safety permits and hope to complete the affected length by the end of Sunday.
"It will help if we are not impeded by would-be towpath walkers, so please spread the word that the path will definitely be closed between Friday, September 13 and Sunday, September 15."
The Cotswold Canal Trust log team will assess how much usable log wood has been produced and clear away any remaining brushwood on Monday.
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