Thursday, 27 August 2009

Neath Canal celebrates its history and wildlife

THE history and wildlife of the Neath Canal are celebrated on new information boards.

The splendid canal and its surroundings are popular with local residents and tourists alike.

The boards are designed to enhance visitors' enjoyment and make their visit more memorable.

Images of the Workhouse and St. Illtyd's Church as well as information about the Thomas Dadford Canal boat trip feature.

Funded by Neath Port Talbot Council at a cost of £8,000, the project has been carried out in partnership with Neath and Tennant Canal Trust.

"Neath Canal is a major tourist attraction in Neath Port Talbot," said Council Leader, Ali Thomas.

"The towpaths are used by walkers and cyclists and local people spend many a leisurely hour there. Tourism is a major feature of the valleys' regeneration programme and we are always looking at ways to improve facilities.

"These information boards will be welcomed and will add to people's enjoyment of the canal, bringing alive its rich history and wildlife."

Chairman of the Neath and Tennant Canal Trust, Peter Ricketts, added, "Neath Canal is a significant landmark in the history of Neath and was a vital part of the era of industrial growth.

"It is positive to see the canal, once used for industry, now being used by visitors and residents for leisure purposes."

James Williams, Tourism Coordinator, says, "It is good to recognise that the Neath Canal and the surrounding area has so much history and these boards make it easier for people to understand."

All valleys in Neath Port Talbot now have a dedicated tourism coordinator thanks to funding from the Welsh Assembly and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

They will promote tourism in valley communities over the next two years.


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