WREN to splash out on Aqueduct

Iron Trunk Aquaduct, Grand Union canal,Wolverton, Milton Keynes - pic of the aquaduct as �300,000 work will be done on it this year .
Iron Trunk Aquaduct, Grand Union canal,Wolverton, Milton Keynes - pic of the aquaduct as �300,000 work will be done on it this year .

THE Iron Trunk Aqueduct in Wolverton is set to benefit from a £40,500 grant from the National Heritage Fund.

The Aqueduct is celebrating its bicentenary this year and the money will go towards important repairs and restoration.

The grant is awarded by not-for-profit company WREN – Waste, Recycling and Environment – and is part of a Heritage Fund launched in 2010 which helps to protect Grade 1 and two-star listed buildings and structures of historical importance.

WREN awards grants to community, conservation and heritage projects within a 10-mile radius of landfill sites, from funds donated by Waste Recycling Group to the Landfill Communities Fund.

Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “It’s vital that we support the long-term survival of historical sites such as the Iron Trunk Aqueduct. Sites like this are part of the historical fabric of the UK and we must ensure they remain intact.

“We’re delighted to support the restoration and look forward to the completion of this stage of the project.”

Chris Welch, English Heritage Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, said: “Heritage assets such as the Wolverton Iron Trunk Aqueduct often need resources to restore and maintain them for future generations, and we were happy to support these for funding from WREN’s dedicated Heritage Fund.”

James Clifton, Enterprise Manager at British Waterways, said: “I am delighted WREN has agreed to support this work. Its funding has been vital in making this exciting project happen.

“It is the final piece in the funding jigsaw which will allow us to refurbish this historic structure, to celebrate its 200th year.”

For more about the Heritage Fund, or to find out if your project could be eligible for a grant in 2012, contact Peter Moralee on 01379 687 226.