Biffa awards more float for Dudley Canal Trust project!

Biffa picA £1/2 million windfall has given Dudley Canal Trust’s portal project another massive boost!

Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund which awards grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, have chosen our very own Dudley Canals’ project as their flagship project for this year.

The money has been earmarked to create a special ‘Biffa Award Exhibition Gallery’ at the new state-of-the-art centre, soon to be built at the Trust’s Todd’s End site.

As part of the improved visitor facilities, which will benefit schools, community groups and the general public, the new gallery will aim to show visitors what lies beneath Castle Hill – and offer insights into the area’s rich history.

It will give a fascinating account of the vitally important geology of Dudley, and its industrial heritage.  Visitors will learn of the impact Dudley had on the Industrial Revolution and the dramatic and emotional story of how the Dudley Tunnel was nearly lost in the 1960s, but was saved to become the heritage attraction it is today.

Nick Morris, Chief Executive of the Dudley Canal Trust, said: “We are thrilled to have received this very generous contribution from Biffa Award.  The Portal is such an exciting new development for us and we are delighted to have Biffa Award’s support for the brilliant exhibition gallery.”

Biffa Award join other grant giving bodies including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund in supporting the project, which will dramatically improve the visitor experience at Dudley Canal Trust Trips.

We can’t wait to see the results when the new Portal opens its doors in 2015!