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Sandbach Wheelock Wharf Canal Footpath

Funded on Spacehive 8 November 2021 Delivered 18 September 2022

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Sandbach Wheelock Wharf Canal Footpath

Sandbach Wheelock Wharf Canal Footpath

Sandbach Woodland and Wildlife Group By Sandbach Woodland and Wildlife Group

To restore 140 mtrs of footpath (FP23) from Wheelock Wharf on the Trent & Mersey canal to meet and enter the Sandbach Wildlife Corridor. Locals, tourists and wildlife will all benefit from the project

Wheelock Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 08 Nov 2021!

In collaboration with the Canal and River Trust, the project will restore an uneven and obstructed public footpath along the Trent & Mersey canal bank opposite Wheelock Wharf. This project will connect more people to the tranquil woods and wildlife in the Sandbach Wildlife Corridor, a distinctive set of local woodlands with over 2km of woodland pathways leading in to Sandbach town. The current path has become uneven and precarious from years of natural erosion preventing convenient public access. In addition to the proposed levelling and resurfacing of the path the existing canalside trees and shrubs require planned maintenance. Where possible the project will deliver planting of more specimen native trees and shrubs to support more wildlife and extend the wildlife corridor..

What we'll deliver:

  • 140m of durable restored footpath along the canalside.
  • Accumulated rubbish replaced by native planting.
  • A useful access to and extension of the Sandbach Wildlife Corridor.

Why it's a great idea:

Extending access to the local canal and wildlife corridor will increase awareness of these pleasant assets in our community. Local SWWG volunteers will enjoy undertaking the work and, when accessible, the public will benefit from using the restored path through a healthy and changing natural environment. This tranquil canal side environment enhances mental wellbeing to those people accessing the free to use assets often overlooked in our day-to-day routines. Meanwhile the plants and trees quietly help absorb the excessive CO2. Sandbach has a successful network of footpaths supported by several walking groups and a week long Walking Festival for families and children. This specific project will provide access to more circular routes and a convenient entry point to explore the wildlife corridor.

Steps to get it done:

  • Site ground survey and tree safety inspection
  • Design to restore canal path
  • Working party training and induction
  • Ordering and delivery of materials to site
  • Working party on site with machinery and hand tools
  • Repeat deliveries and working parties to progress path restoration
  • Program of maintenance and wildlife enhancements

Along with the Canal and River Trust the volunteers and resources of Sandbach Woodland and Wildlife Group will promote this valuable public facility. Future working parties will revisit to help maintain path access and sustain the adjacent woodland and wildlife aspects for public enjoyment. On completion of this canal side project further similar volunteer projects will continue to improve the public footpath (FP23) beside the Arclid Brook towards Sandbach town.

Location Wheelock

About the space

Wheelock wharf canal pathway.


Cheshire East Council

How will the money be spent?Total £2,060

Treated timber for path edges - £662 (32%)
MOT (type1) Hardcore - £545 (26%)
Professional Tree maintenance - £400 (19%)
Use of tracked barrow (day rate) - £295 (14%)
Material delivery cost - £50 (2%)
Other - £108 (5%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Treated timber for path edges
MOT (type1) Hardcore
Professional Tree maintenance
Use of tracked barrow (day rate)
Material delivery cost
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Similar materials to extend length of path restoration
  • Specimen native plants and saplings
  • Educational signage boards to promote Sandbach wildlife corridor

Total £2,060

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