The Grantham canal ambles for 33 miles between Grantham and Nottingham, passing through some beautiful farmland and countryside. It was once a major commercial route for transporting goods between the two towns, but with the advent of the railways its commercial viability began a decline. It was officially closed in 1936, though it had been unused for the 10 years preceding the closure and had lain unloved and mostly forgotten for over 80 years. Some stretches are completely dry, locks have rotted away and trees overhang and completely block it in many places.
Well, all that’s about to change; this fella is part of the dredging operation designed to reopen the canal for leisure traffic. It’s a huge project and has taken over 30 years to organise. Can you imagine the amount of sludge they have to dig out of that thing?
I’ve always been passionate about our English countryside and heritage, so it’s wonderful to see it being restored like this.