Former dredging site will become wildlife haven

Work to create a new wildlife haven in Lancaster will get underway in January.

The project will see the transformation of a disused dredging site off Caton Road into a “community habitat”, with the creation of ponds with dipping platforms and a wide range of aquatic plants, new trees, a wildflower meadow, outdoor classroom, a 400m circular path and a sculpture trail, which will link in to the heritage of the nearby Grade 1 listed Lune Aqueduct.

The park is being created on land next to Caton Road and will make use of a recently built car park. The £50,000 project, funded by Lancashire Environmental Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Environment Agency, is being delivered by the Canal & River Trust and volunteers from local schools.

David Hennessey, Lune Aqueduct Project Officer at the Canal & River Trust, said: “We are really excited to get this project underway. We have done considerable work to the Lune Aqueduct and surrounding area over the past three years and this work will add further interest. We hope that once finished, the park will be a great place for people to visit and look out for the nature and wildlife that will make it their home. If anybody would like to volunteer to help plant trees, aquatic plants or seeds, they are most welcome.”

For more information and to enquire about volunteering, contact David on 07500 606030 or email