Dilham Canal Trust to showcase on Norfolk’s only canal at open day
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Information on the work of a trust that cleans Norfolk's only canal will be on show at an open day this weekend.
The Dilham Canal Trust, which organises working parties to clean and de-silt the ancient waterway, is hosting the event to educate visitors about the canal's rich history.
Working party organiser David Revill, of Coltishall, has been helping to clean the canal for 13 years.
He said the attraction of the 'green gym' drew him to the project, which he said allowed nature to the water.
He said: 'It is a wonderful alley which could be improved for the benefit of nature and for us to visit to experience health benefits from being outside.
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'I have seen swans, voles and fish out on the water.'
The nine-mile canalisation of the River Ant, from Antingham to just above Wayford Bridge, at Smallburgh, was opened in 1826. The final wherry sailed it in 1934 and it fell into neglect.
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The restoration is the subject of an ongoing dispute about de-silting parts of the canal.
The open days on June 14 and 15 will see boats and canoes take to the water, something which Mr Revill said could not have happened before the trust started work.
The open day, at Ebrige Mill Pond, North Walsham, will feature refreshments and the chance to join the trust at £10 per person or £15 for a family.