The vision to restore the 1000m derelict Summerhill section of the Lichfield Canal was helped to become a reality this month by 120 of Jaguar Land Rover Property Team turning out for a Corporate Social Responsibility event over two weeks in May.
The JLR teams working with Lichfield Trust Volunteers, laboured hard for ten days to extend the Heritage Towpath Trail by an impressive 350 metres to complete the link between the Boat Inn and the canal aqueduct over the M6 Toll. Wearing boots and hi-vis jackets the JLR team, dug, shovelled, levelled and compacted recycled stone between timber edges in all weathers.
The JLR Property team came well equipped with BBQ and soft drinks and the reward of a Bacon Butty or Beefburger finished off with delicious home made cakes kept the team refreshed and motivated, even when the rain tried to stop play.
The Lichfield Canal Trust Engineering Director Peter Buck said "The Trust has a long relationship stretching back several years with JLR and the JLR Property Team worked very hard in some difficult conditions to help us restore this important section of the Lichfield Canal for the community. In addition the generous donation toward the cost of materials is most welcome. We thank all the JLR Property Team for the work they have completed and we look forward to seeing them all again on our next restoration challenge".
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