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 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 working on building a new winding hole to allow boats to enter and exit the restored canal. Next stages are the 340m length of canal 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 required to finish it (£500,000 had been raised by January 2021). 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 task of repairing canal walls. In 2018, supported by a grant from NLHF, a feasibility study for the next 1½ miles, to include a marina in the California district of Birmingham, was completed and is available on the LCT website. You can also follow progress on facebook.