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Further restoration work on 'picturesque' canal in Shropshire to get underway

Work is due to start next year and should be completed in 2020. Credit: ITV News Central

One of Britain's most picturesque canals has received a grant of more than £2.5 million pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund to be restored.

Restoration work on part of the Montgomery Canal in Shropshire is to get underway next year.

The Canal & River Trust and Montgomery Canal Partnership says it's a major step forward in the 47-year restoration of the historic canal.

With the help of volunteers, work is due to start in 2017 and should be completed in 2020.

It's an area known for its outstanding natural beauty and heritage. Credit: ITV News Central

The Montgomery Canal runs for 35 miles between England and Wales.

The work will improve a further 1¼ miles of the canal and a turning point for narrowboats to reopen in Crickheath.

It will also look at making access to the canal better, create new nature reserves and improve almost 4 miles of towpath on the English border.

Richard Parry, chief executive of the Canal & River Trust said they are 'delighted' to receive the grant and the money will help carry out vital work.

The Montgomery Canal is known colloquially as Credit: ITV News Central