Picture: ‘Escape to the Country’ presenter Alastair Appleton alongside
the Wilts & Berks Canal flanked by Chris Coyle, Kath Hatton and the
HARDWORKING volunteers hope to share their achievements with a national audience after welcoming a popular TV series.
The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust was invited to showcase the
restoration of the waterway for an episode of ‘Escape to the Country’.
The BBC programme helps prospective buyers find their dream home in the country, but also features local attractions.
Television presenter Alastair Appleton spent a morning with members of
the Trust’s Melksham, Chippenham & Calne branch at Pewsham Locks,
learning more about the charity’s campaign to bring the canal back to
life and interviewing volunteers during a busy workparty.
He even helped to rebuild part of the wharf wall at the base of the locks.
Among those interviewed were Trust secretary Chris Coyle, vice-chair Kath Hatton and local branch chair Derek Flexer.
Chris - pictured with Alastair, Kath and the crew
- said: “We are absolutely delighted that national
programme-makers have heard about the canal and want to use it as an
example of why someone might want to move here.
“It reflects the increasing interest in our waterways and how they’re
an amazing asset for the local community and a popular attraction for
“We talked about the history of the Wilts & Berks Canal and the
current restoration campaign, as well as the enormous economic and
“We showed the remains of the flight of locks and the adjacent
dry-dock, which we hope to restore as a heritage and education centre,
and then the beautifully rebuilt section further to the south.
“It was a hugely enjoyable experience and we can hardly wait to see the
finished programme – we hope it will lead to a flood of interest from
across the UK.”
No date has been set for the broadcast but production company
Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK, hopes it will be this autumn.
For more information about the local Branch of the Trust you can visit their Web site www.melkshamwaterway.org.uk