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Lever St Canal Project Opening

Come celebrate the launch of the Lever St canal side improvement works on Saturday 20th August at 2pm.

Lever St Canal Project Opening The Mayor of Todmorden and the Deputy Mayor of Calderdale will officially open the scheme with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the canal at 2.00pm, Lever Street car park, Todmorden town centre.

The project, a joint initiative between Calderdale Council, Todmorden Pride and Todmorden Town Council was completed this week, with new trees and ornamental plants providing the finishing touches to the scheme.

The launch event forms part of the Rochdale Canal Festival, and there will be plenty of activities for all to enjoy.

Groups involved in celebrating the launch of the canal side improvements include Incredible Edible who will be helping visitors make bug houses to encourage bees and other mini beasts to the area, and there will be an opportunity to make a seed parcel - a mixture of wild flower seeds and compost that can be used on spare ground to encourage colourful flowers next spring.

Origami boats made from biodegradable paper will also be launched on the canal holding miniature cargo of waterside wildflower seeds.

Todmorden in Bloom will be revealing the secrets to their magnificent floral displays by demonstrating techniques for container planting. The planters will then be installed on canal side walls to provide further colour and interest throughout the year.

Members of Todmorden Art Group will be demonstrating the traditional Rose and Castle art associated with canal barges, and there will be colourful canal boats moored up around Shop Lock and Fielden Wharf.

Councillor Pauline Nash, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities said:

"Canals are one of Calderdales important attractions and are well used and much loved by visitors and local people alike".

"I am grateful to everyone who has worked together to make these improvements possible; all their hard work is evident in the canal side today".

Peter Wardhaugh, Deputy Mayor of Calderdale 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 of Calderdale and 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 and now this network will continue to be appreciated to by existing and future generations to come".

August 17, 2011


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