Montgomery Canal volunteers get another boost

North-Shropshire-based Henstone distillery will be helping the Shropshire Union Canal Society raise funds to restore the Montgomery Canal.

Volunteers who are currently working to restore a section of the canal south of Crickheath in Shropshire, are welcoming the support of another local business.

The specialist distillery, which produces a wide range of drinks, will offer online customers a 5% discount when they quote the code ‘Monty24’ on their order.

This will also trigger a 10% donation towards the restoration of the Montgomery Canal. This applies to their entire drinks range which includes five gins, eleven whiskies and three rums.

Rum from Henstone Distillery

Chris Toller, Director of Henstone Distillery said: “I frequently walk along this canal and see the excellent work the volunteers are doing. I share their vision of a fully-restored canal and it’s great that Henstone Distillery can play a part.”

Shropshire Union Canal Society volunteers recently completed a £2.8 million civil engineering project to restore navigation of the Montgomery Canal to Crickheath Bridge, the project having won a national Ground Engineering Award in November 2021.

Ongoing at the moment is the restoration of the historic Crickheath Wharf with a £14,600 grant from the Association of Industrial Archaeology.

Local authorities have also funded improvements to the towpath and a further quarter of a mile of canal is being prepared for rewatering courtesy of the Shropshire County Council led Rural Prosperity Fund.

David Carter, chairman of the Shropshire Union Canal Society said: “There are studies which reveal the positive effect a restored canal can have on rural economies. What we are showing by working with local companies like Henstone is that, even during restoration, there are still substantial impacts on the local economy”.

The Shropshire Union Canal Society is very grateful to Henstone Distillery for their support. Orders can be placed with Henstone here – henstonedistillery.com and remember to use the code ‘Monty24’

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