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Canal Boat Holiday visitors cruising the Huddersfield Narrow Canal will be able to see the latest project taking place on this waterway.

The Canal and River Trust have began a project to reintroduce a rare aquatic plant on the 200 year old Huddersfield Narrow Canal in Stalybridge.

They want to reverse the long term decline of the rare aquatic floating water plantain, Luronium natans, and help protect the other native plants and insects which it supports.

Floating water plantain is native to Europe and Britain’s canals provide one of its most important habitats.

The project is supported by 100,000 pounds from the SITA Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund.

They have been working with Chester Zoo and other partners, to assist in the conservation of native species.

As part of the project, the zoo has been growing plants in ponds, behind the scenes, which will be used to restock the canal once the habitat improvement works are completed.

Chris John, national ecologist at the Trust said The Huddersfield Narrow Canal,is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, SSSI, for its range of aquatic plants and is also home to a range of other wildlife including mallards and moorhens to dragonflies and kingfishers.

Thanks to the funding from SITA and the help of volunteers we can reestablish Luronium natans and try to help return this SSSI back to its previous condition, creating a beautiful canal for people to enjoy .

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