It’s all happening at Draycott
The Trust is well under way to restoring “The Golden Mile” and the Canal Cottages at Draycott. This will be a major step forward and a first stretch in water supported by a headquarter building and focal point for activities on the stretch of water.
In 1999 Railtrack plc determined that the problems of increased flooding of the main rail track to London had arisen because the canal was no longer draining land to the north of Draycott. Working with the Trust they agreed to dig out a drainage ditch along the canal line, which would capture the water and direct it to a pipe under the railway track and into the River Derwent.
When the work was completed the Trust planted Hawthorn whips to form hedges along both boundaries and Society working parties have now laid the hedges to provide a thicker boundary that encourages wildlife. This was so successful that local use by walkers, cyclists and horse riders has boomed and the length has been christened the “Golden Mile” by locals.
With all the preparatory work completed the Trust arranged for a local contractor to quote for restoration of the canal section and they used a state of the art drone, which mapped the stretch from Hopwell Road to the Derby Road bridge. This produced a 3D image that shows that all the soils moved to create the canal will be used on site and will be able to direct a computer controlled, GPS guided excavator to produce the typical U shaped canal profile and a constant water depth of 1.2m for the full length of the canal. A dam will be created close to the Derby Road bridge with a weir to allow any excess water to flow down the existing drain. A slipway and small car park will also be constructed at the Hopwell Road end.