Deadline set for lock work
The Hereford and Gloucester Canal Trust will be pulling out all the stops to complete the restoration of Oxenhall Lock within 12 months.
Every Tuesday, a band of up to ten volunteers will gather at the lock to help carry out the massive task of replacing all the facing stone, which has broken away, due to the weather and the passage of time.
Brian Fox, a director of the Trust and a regular volunteer at Oxenhall, said: "We hope to complete the work within a year.
"However, when the lock is finished, we won't put the gates on until we are ready to put boats through."
In the next few months, the volunteers will also look at clearing out a 200-metre stretch of the derelict canal immediately below the lock.
The aim of the Trust is to eventually restore the entire 22-mile length of the canal, allowing narrow boats to once again travel between Gloucester and Hereford.