Ribbon to be cut for public canal side improvements

Picture of Todmorden supplied Council Press Office for Rochdale Canal improvements story

Picture of Todmorden supplied Council Press Office for Rochdale Canal improvements story

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LONG-awaited improvements will finally be unveiled on the Rochdale Canal this weekend.

Work has been taking place to improve the look and accessibility of the canal from Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge.

The towpath surface, and its access points, have been improved.

New seating areas line the canal, alongside sites for community-edible growing projects.

The improvements were part of a joint intiative between Calderdale Council, Todmorden Town Council and Todmorden Pride.

Todmorden Town Mayor Coun Richard White will be cutting the ribbon along with Calderdale Deputy Mayor Peter Wardhaugh this Saturday, August 20. Local group Incredible Edible will be at the launch, showing people how to build bug houses and seed parcels.

These are a mixture of wildflower seeds and compost that can be used on spare ground to encourage colourful flowers next spring.

Origami boats, made from biodegradable paper, will be launched at the event, containing cargoes of wildflower seeds which it is hoped will grow on the canal banks.

Peter Wardhaugh, the Deputy Mayor, said: “I’m extremely proud to have been asked to officially open this scheme.

“It’s great we are able to have such a fantastic canal network open that stretches from one side of the country to the other.

“Being a canal enthusiast myself, I understand the importance of high- quality facilities for visitors to Calderdale.

“These improvements will further promote the hidden gems Calderdale has to offer visitors and other boaters from across the country.

“There are tremendous benefits to be had by these improvements.

“This network will continue to be appreciated by existing and future generations to come.” The event gets under way at 2pm at Lever Street car park, Todmorden.

It is part of the Rochdale Canal Festival which began on Saturday and runs until August 28.