The Southern Canals Association
|It is now widely accepted that the restoration of waterways is both desirable and, as has been shown, in many cases achievable. The re-opening of the Kennet & Avon and the Basingstoke Canals in the 1990s marked significant milestones in the restoration of canals and inland navigations in the South of England. Other restoration schemes in England and Wales, started over the last 30 years, are making impressive progress and, with the Bedford & Milton Keynes link, we are now looking forward to the possibility of the first significant new canal for over 100 years.|
For over 30
years the Southern Canals Association has provided an important focus for
voluntary trusts and societies involved in promoting waterway restoration.
The Association has played a key role in giving these groups access to the
wealth of experience and advice available across the whole UK waterways
movement. It has also provided an excellent forum for sharing ideas and
encouraging restorations which might otherwise fail to attract the support
needed to complete the project.
I am confident
that our inland waterways will continue to develop and to make an
increasingly important contribution to the richness and diversity of our
national life through the provision of opportunities for recreation,
nature conservation and the appreciation of our industrial heritage.
Canals Association will, I am sure, continue to play its part in achieving
these important objectives. I would therefore urge all inland waterways
groups in the South of England and South Wales to support our aims and our
shared vision for the future.
Robin Higgs OBE