The Future of the Canal
Environment Vegetation Wildlife
The canal is becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. In fact it is busier today than ever before. There is even the possibility that a new section of canal will be built linking Milton Keynes to Bedford.
Primarily it will continue to play an important role with regard to leisure activities and be home to those people who wish to pursue a more relaxed and simpler way of life. Maybe not so obvious but equally important, is the contribution the canal makes to maintaining biodiversity. Biodiversity is simply a modern term used to describe all animals, plants, fungi, and micro-organisms which exist in nature and inhabit our world.
In 1992, National Governments across the world made a commitment to conserving biodiversity. Our government has produced a 20 year UK Biodiversity action plan.
One of the ways in which Milton Keynes council are locally putting the biodiversity plan into action and raising awareness of the importance of conservation in our local area, is by giving talks and producing leaflets. Did you know that the once common songthrush (also known as the speckled thrush), is in danger of becoming extinct in this country within the next few years?
One of the council's main aims is to encourage people to spend their leisure time locally. The objective of this is to hopefully cut down on the use of cars and also encourage people to appreciate and therefore look after their environment.
Since the Grand Union Canal runs right through Milton Keynes it provides miles of easily accessible, interesting and peaceful countryside for all to enjoy.
The council actively promote the canal through organising a variety of activities including summer canal boat trips from Cosgrove to Great Linford and guided canal walks. Also they actively seek volunteers to participate with canalside maintenance work e.g. hedge-laying. The council also set up displays at shopping centre exhibitions and local festivals.
Undoubtedly the canal will continue to play many important roles in our society in the future.
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