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Extract from Newsletter No.38.


THE VYRNWY AQUEDUCT AT NEWBRIDGE.


   After hearing expressions of concern from several individuals regarding the rapidly deteriorating state of the Vyrnwy Aqueduct, I recently visited the structure to ascertain for myself the true state of its decay.


     Built over 200 years ago, this listed structure has over the years been prone to damage caused by leaks from its clay puddle trough and in the 1970's, major repairs had to be undertaken.


   The article in the "Friends" Summer 2011 Newsletter aptly sums up one of the problems that needs urgent attention before major damage is done by the trees and shrubs that are being allowed to grow unchecked.

   Although maybe seen by some as attractive, this is slowly destroying the aqueduct (some damage is already evident)  and needs urgent attention before a much costlier programme of repairs is forced onto the maintenance and restoration costs of the canal.


   Growing in the trough of the Aqueduct are several species of water plants including Floating Water Plantain. These need to be transplanted out of the trough and into other sections of the canal whilst much needed repairs to the puddle or, better still, re-structuring of the trough is carried out.If this work is not carried out, they won't have an environment to live in as the speed of damage to the structure will only accelerate helped by our currently experienced cold winters and very low temperatures producing further ice damage.




Is the increasing covering of ivy, brambles, trees and shrubs threatening

the structure of the Canals biggest and oldest aqueduct?


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