Canal Trust Unveils Blooming Work Of Art

Published on: Tue, 23/07/2019 - 11:20

The ‘Oss, made of steel plate and ‘towing’ Fosseway Queen

Lichfield’s canal trust unveiled an exciting new feature for judges in the Heart of England in Bloom competition.

As part of their contribution to Blooming Lichfield’s entry, Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s volunteers created a flower-filled brick planter in the shape of a half-scale narrowboat, seemingly towed by a steel plate horse.

The installation, on Fosseway Heath Nature Reserve and Wetlands and named Fosseway Queen and The ‘Oss, was conceived and designed by the Trust’s engineering director Peter Buck, with the boat crafted by Rick Walters and the horse by Steven Webster, with many hours of help from Trust volunteers.

Last year, the Trust’s Gallows Wharf Garden of Reflection and Rose Willow, a full-sized replica of a narrowboat full of colourful plants, helped Blooming Lichfield win a gold medal in the competition.

Fosseway Queen and The ‘Oss was partly funded with a donation of £1,000 from the Inland Waterways Association’s Lichfield branch.

This was a generous legacy from the late Peter Chandler, a past chairman of IWA Lichfield and one of the early members of LHCRT, who designed the Trust’s logo still in use today.

The brick narrowboat will display a plaque in Peter’s memory.

The cheque was presented by current IWA Lichfield chairman Phil Sharpe at a garden party held at Gallows Wharf to celebrate LHCRT recently being honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Volunteers attending the party were presented with QAVS badges to mark their contribution to the Trust’s work.

The Trust has also been awarded a Support Staffordshire Star Award for volunteering support for young people.

Fosseway Queen