Another supporter on board for Canal Trust’s Portal project

bgWe hope you’ve already heard about the fantastic £3million Portal project set to start at Dudley Canal Trust’s Todd’s End site any time now.

It’s already received some great local coverage in the Express and Star and Dudley News, who reported on their fantastic funding win from the Heritage Lottery Fund and European Regional Development Fund.

Well, we can share more good news, in that the project has received another very generous contribution towards its completion.

The Headley Trust has come on board in support of the state-of-the-art visitor centre with a grant totalling £60,000.

Dudley Canal Trust say the money will make a considerable difference to the project, which aims to improve the visitor experience to the heritage site, including providing more facilities for schools and community groups as well as the general public who will all benefit from the new facilities.

Mike Duley, Chair of the Project Steering Group for the Portal Project, said: “We are delighted to have received this very generous contribution from the Headley Trust.
“The Portal represents an exciting development for us and we look forward to welcoming visitors to it next year.”

The Portal will enhance the connection between the Dudley Canal and Limestone Mines and the Castle Hill Development Project including the nearby Black County Living Museum, giving visitors to both attractions new opportunities to explore both sites.

In addition to new car parking, a swing bridge across the canal, and a covered area for people embarking on boat trips, there will be more volunteering opportunities for people to get involved in protecting, conserving and learning about the heritage of the area.

Construction on the new building will start before the end of the year, with the building opening mid-2015.

We can’t wait to see it in real life!!

To keep up to date with news and events at Dudley Canal Trust Trips, visit their website here: www.dudleycanaltrust.org.uk