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Pocklington Canal’s Green Flag accolade

Members of the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society.
Members of the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society.

Pocklington Canal has gained a Green Flag Award, highlighting the 200-year-old waterway it as one of the country’s most attractive open spaces.

Cared for by waterways and wellbeing charity Canal & River Trust, the 9 ½ mile canal is known and enjoyed locally as a beautiful rural spot for boaters, walkers and wildlife spotters.

The Keep Britain Tidy judges were impressed by how well maintained the canal and its structures are and commended the partnership working between the Trust and Pocklington Canal Amenity Society and various other groups which has seen many successful restoration projects over recent years.

They also highlighted the ecological management of the canal as a site of special scientific interest, which means the whole stretch is very rich in wildlife such as kingfishers, bank voles and all sorts of invertebrates.

Lizzie Dealey, Pocklington Canal project officer at the Trust, said: “We know that canals improve the wellbeing of those who visit and we’re thrilled that Pocklington Canal has been recognised with a Green Flag Award in its bicentenary year, highlighting how important this waterway is for the local community, visitors, and wildlife.

“Everyone who volunteers or donates is helping to make our waterways such special places where people can come to boost their wellbeing, so we thank them all for their continued support.”

A packed programme of activities will mark the 200th anniversary of Pocklington Canal this weekend (Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 July).

Highlights at Melbourne (both days) include: Boat trips aboard New Horizons, willow weaving, Morris dancing, history and wildlife activities, Rusticus Theatre guided walks, live music, boat rally and a brass band.

Highlights at Canal Head (Saturday only) include: Coracle sailing, archaeology, shuttle bus between Canal Head and Melbourne (book in advance).

The event starts at 10am on both days and there will be light refreshments available.