The Lapal Canal Trust, restoring a wasteland.

by David Scowcroft in Selly Oak, England, United Kingdom

The Lapal Canal Trust,  restoring a wasteland.
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On 7th October 2020 we successfully raised £1,863 ( + est. £284.50 Gift Aid ) with 30 supporters in 42 days

Restoring a canal providing outdoor activity for all, help to create jobs and provide inexpensive housing within reach of the local hospital

by David Scowcroft in Selly Oak, England, United Kingdom

1598798015_1.sense_29-1.jpgOur canal restoration is under 1,000 meters from the Selly Oak hospital we are therefore able, with your help, to offer cheap residential boat mooring to NHS personnel.  Residential narrowboats have the lowest Community Charge rating therefore the spaces are affordable to the lowest pay-band workers and are convenient for the hospital.  Once our residential marina is complete there will be approximately berths available.  Priority mooring allocation will be given to NHS personnel.


The Lapal Canal Trust is currently restoring the 2.5-mile length of canal from Selly Oak to Bartley Green.  This restoration of a disused canal will then continue until it joins the green park at Rowley Regis. Thus, will form a wonderfully important western Birmingham canal ring. We begin Phase One with the construction of the Winding Hole, which will be a new water attraction at the heart of Selly Oak.  To date various funds specific to the winding hole have been agreed by Veolia and Unite Students whose new building overlooks the site.  In 2013 the new Sainsbury’s development in Selly Oak envisaged permanently closing the canal route, following a public outcry the planning application was unanimously refused. In total, for Phase One, we estimate that we need to raise about £700K, to date we have raised about £380k.


Whilst our goal is restoring a western Birmingham canal ring our more immediate task is completing a canal junction at Selly Oak, with a turning point for boats (Winding Hole) - a permanent landscaped water feature at Selly Oak.  Phase two will be restoring the abandoned canal to the California area complete with an inland Marina.  Thus, not only providing vast outdoor activities opportunities but a disadvantaged area will be regenerated for the advantage of all.  The Birmingham canal ring which will bring life, beauty and renovation to deprived and disadvantaged areas.  There is scope to remove this wasteland and produce an affluent corridor of fragrant towpaths, new residential housing and commercial properties.1598798216_wtl18_1.jpg


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Why declare your love with a padlock which one day will be removed, a sponsored brick will be there forever, for the price of a good padlock you can have the initials of your loved one and you intertwined in gold paint, on a brick in our ‘Romance Wall’. There is scope to change the initials later should circumstances change!

£500 or more

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memorial - remember a loved one with a bench

Our restored canal will have several viewing spots such as outside the Visitor Centers where a bench could be permanently dedicated to your remembered loved one. The choice of bench plus the memorial plaque of your choice and design could in perpetuity display details of your loved one. We have other dedication items to suit the scope of the memorial you wish to create. Items will be limited in number dependent of the geography of the area.

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