Shrewsbury & Newport Canals
The Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust has the aim of restoring the 25-mile link from the Shropshire Union Canal to Shrewsbury. Regular work parties are held at various points along the line to which new volunteers are warmly invited. Near Shrewsbury, works carried out include: clearance of the channel and towpath around Berwick Tunnel and Wharf where culverts and bridges have also been repaired; clearance work near Uffington and Rodington; and, in Newport, there have been repairs, towpath improvements and dummy gates fitted to the high-profile Town Lock.
At Wappenshall Wharf, restoration continues using a phased approach which, after some difficult years, is progressing well. Two warehouses are being restored and the stable block rebuilt to provide spaces to celebrate the life and work of Thomas Telford: one warehouse will provide facilities for a quality coffee shop/bistro. The original basin has been excavated, totally lined, walls built, and rewatered; here it is planned to site a pair of 1936 Woolwich Class narrowboats, currently being restored by trust volunteers, as a further attraction and educational facility.
Norbury to Newport Waterways World October 2020