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'London's Lost Route to the Sea'

Worthing school continues planting beside canal.

February saw a visit to the Wey & Arun Canal at Loxwood, West Sussex, by 11 students from the Thomas a Becket School in Worthing. The children, aged between 8 and 13, several of whom were accompanied by parents, were following up a successful visit in 2010, when they planted a number of trees beside the canal at the Onslow Arms.

The recent visit saw the school plant a new hedge by the bridge where the B2133 Loxwood High Street crosses the canal. About half of the plants were supplied by the school, at no cost to the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT). Further assistance came in the form of a grant from West Sussex County Council. A total of 135 plants were planted, consisting of Hawthorn, Hornbeam, and Guelder Rose (a species of Viburnum).

Each child was presented with a special WACT certificate to mark their contribution to this worthwhile environmental project.

The work party was attended by representatives of the school's supporting charity - Earth Representation - and the charity's main sponsor, Boeing. Earth Representation was set up to support schools with tree planting projects. Boeing financially sponsors Earth Representation and helps to deliver the planting stock.

For further details about the Wey & Arun Canal Trust please call the WACT office on 01403 752403, email to office@weyandarun.co.uk or write to Wey & Arun Canal Trust, The Granary, Flitchfold Farm, Loxwood, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 0RH.

Notes for Editors

Information (and a selection of pictures of the work under way) is available from Bill Thomson, bill_thomson@weyandarun.co.uk, 01296 423033 / 07777 668928

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

The Wey & Arun Canal, "London's lost route to the sea" was originally opened in 1816 between the River Wey at Shalford, near Guildford, and Pallingham, near Pulborough, the head of navigation of the River Arun. It closed in 1871, due to railway competition. Since the 1970s the 23-mile waterway has been the subject of a campaign by volunteers led by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust to restore the route to navigation. Work has been undertaken in a number of locations, most notably the stretch near the Sussex/Surrey border at Loxwood. Over two miles in length, this includes five working locks, two public road crossings, an aqueduct, two farm bridges, and numerous minor works, all built or rebuilt through voluntary effort. Boat trips are available on this stretch, onboard several craft, including the 50-seater electrically-powered Wiggonholt.

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