The Stover Canal Society was formed in 1999 to promote the preservation and restoration of south Devon’s Stover Canal. Administration of the project has now been taken over by the Stover Canal Trust.
Good progress has been made in renovating the line of the canal and its assets. Following restoration of the unique Graving Dock in 2017, work has continued at Ventiford Basin, the northern terminus of the canal. This has been cleared of silt and a small clay-cored dam constructed at the southern end to retain some 110m of water. The basin has been lined with puddle clay and now fills with water to its design level.
Permissions have been received for the construction of a replica crane on the quayside which was used to load granite onto barges. The trust anticipates completion of the whole project during 2021. Volunteers will then move on to renovating Teigngrace Lock to its former glory.