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, thus reopening a Midlands ring last used in 1917. The trust, together with other local canal societies and community groups, has helped ensure that the route is protected. Trust volunteers are maintaining the canal at the Leasowes in Halesowen and in Selly Oak Park. In 2022 Whitehouse Wharf was rebuilt next to its original location on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at a cost of £400k. This also provides access to the new route of the canal alongside the retail park which is also the first of the next stages of restoration: the 340m 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 £2.6m required to finish it (£0.8m had been raised). The target is £3.2m to complete both sections. The trust’s main focus now is on fundraising to achieve each target as soon as possible.
Canal & River Trust - West Midlands