The Lapal Canal Trust’s objective is the restoration of the 5½-mile length of the Dudley No 2 Canal from Halesowen to Selly Oak and thus reopening a Midlands ring last used in 1917.
The trust, together with local canal societies and community groups, has helped ensure that the route is protected.
It is currently working on building a new winding hole to allow boats to enter and exit the restored canal, plus the restoration of a 340m-length from the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to Harborne Wharf and the 490m-length in Selly Oak Park. Preliminary work is well in hand on the first section and the trust is busy fundraising to generate the estimated £700,000 to complete the first stretch (£400,000 had been raised by January 2020). The target is £2m to complete both sections.
During 2015, civil engineering company Careys cleared Harborne Wharf of 2,000m3 of soil, and in 2016/17 WRG completed the repair of canal walls. Supported by a grant from HLF, in 2018 LCT carried out a feasibility study for the next 1½ miles, which will include a marina in the California district of Birmingham; this was completed and is available at on the trust’s website. You can also follow progress on facebook.