Funding the Restoration Work

On completion of a full feasibility study for the restoration of navigation between Baylham and Needham Market the Trust will need to review its recommendations with a view to applying for grants to support the work needed. Funds required are likely to be in the order of £1 million. Moss Naylor Young will assist the Trust on this, and guide us through the process. They are the experts and have done this kind of work many times before. 

Indications so far support a possible grant application to the English Heritage Lottery Fund, who likely will need to see all planning permission etc. agreed beforehand.

With the establishment that the Ipswich to Stowmarket navigation was John Rennie’s first ever completed canal project (1793), and that the locks and remaining bridges down from Bosmere (some of which are Grade II listed) are his oldest remaining lock and bridge designs still standing, the Trust is more confident that an application to the English Heritage Lottery Fund would be considered.