About The Lapal Canal Trust

Lapal Canal Trust AGM was conducted – 25/10/2021

Presentation available in the Useful & Interesting Reports section.

2021 Walk the line event was a great success!

See the News, Updates section for details.

Dudley No.2 Canal restoration project

The Lapal Canal Trust was established in 1990 by a group of environmental and canal enthusiasts with the objective of restoring the Dudley No 2 Canal from Selly Oak to Halesowen. The 12-mile-long canal was built in 4 years and opened in 1798, it included a 2-mile-long tunnel and the tallest Canal Embankment in the country, it was a remarkable feat of engineering. More information is available on this website and at www.Facebook.com/lapalcanaltrust

Raising money to allow us to complete the Dudley No.2 Canal restoration is really critical and every little helps!

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Thank you

Help us to restore the Dudley No 2 Canal, a new feature in Selly Oak, Birmingham

The total cost will be £2m. As part of a community support agreement Sainsbury’s and their partner Landsec have spent £750.000 on infrastructure and will contribute £500,000 towards completing the canal

We need to raise £750,000 to finish the work. Please help make a difference.

The Lapal Canal Trust was formed to restore the Dudley No 2 canal from Selly Oak to Halesowen, we are now focused on restoring the canal from Selly Oak to California, the funding we seek is for the first and most important link. Help us to preserve our heritage for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. The next stage will be the canal in Selly Oak park. The canal will encourage wildlife and to be enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, boaters, canoeists and anglers. The restoration of the canal has broad support including local community groups, councillors, MP’s and MEP’s

Andy Street the Mayor of the West Midlands combined Authority comments “I am hugely welcoming of your restoration project,it would be a brilliant addition to Birmingham.”

Saqib Bhatti the newly elected president of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce writes, “Since its establishment in 1813, the Chamber has always been supportive of the development of canals in Birmingham: first for commerce, and now as a major tourist attraction. Walkers and cyclists will gain a new city centre access route away from busy roads.”

We are looking for wellbeing activities. support from Individuals, the many successful companies in Birmingham, and the charities that support environmental, heritage endeavours.

Dudley No.2 Canal restoration – Goodman’s / Whitehouse’s Wharf Update

Below is the display board at Goodman’s/Whitehouse’s Wharf in Selly Oak (recently opened). The enlargement of the map shows the area in 1828 as “Mrs Whateley’s Land”. As Company Secretary of the Lapal Canal Trust (restoring the Dudley No 2 canal shown on the map), I (Tony Whateley ) am researching the family connection!

The Lapal Canal Trust is funding the building of the turning area/water feature for entering/exiting the restored canal through the Sainsbury site, with construction starting summer 2021.

AGM held on Nov., 23, 2020

We were all a bit nervous about our first and only Zoom AGM, but thanks to Peter for organising and it all went very well. Andrew, our Chairman, reviewed the year and Tony, Secretary & Treasurer reviewed our 2019 accounts with Hugh, CEO, reporting on recent fundraising successes and progress on construction of the winding hole. The accounts were approved, and the existing committee and officials re-elected. Thanks for interesting discussion and questions during the open forum, minutes of the meeting will shortly be circulated and appear in our next Newsletter. Andrew invited more people to join our committee and to help in running the Trust.

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The Autumn Winter 2020 edition of our Newsletter “Lapal Link” is now available, you can download from our web site www.lapal.org , or use the direct download link – https://www.lapalcanal.co.uk/…/Lapal-Link-Autumn-Newsletter….  Comments on our Newsletter very much appreciated.
Read the latest news on restoration and funding, also the work with the wider local community and volunteer work. If you would like a printed copy, please become a member. Details of membership and donations are in the Newsletter.
The Lapal Canal Trust is a Charity recognised by Amazon Smile, so please when ordering use Amazon Smile with the Lapal Canal Trust as your nominated charity. The Trust will receive 0.5%. Also we are receiving support from the Aviva Community Fund, still a few days left to make a donation https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/lapal-canal-trust

Big thanks to Chloe and Lawrence and the Birmingham University Conservation Volunteers (BUCV) for help this morning in removing the last year’s growth on the path and the canal route in Harborne Wharf. Nice to see the path clear of Brambles. One of the self-seeded trees along the canal route was rescued and replanted. Special thanks to Lawrence who has an uncanny knack of finding a sunny period despite the forecasted heavy rain.

Our Sense monthly trip on Tuesday was an interesting weather day, high wind, sunshine, rain, hail and snow, but fortunately no flood in Birmingham. But with a warm coal fire it was cosy on the boat. Thanks to Jon for arranging with cups of tea and our favourite ginger biscuits and Jaffa cakes. One stop at the Mailbox to visit the BBC and the Cube.

Jon Fearn, Sports and Outdoor Development Co-ordinator, from SENSE kindly wrote “With thin ice on the canal in Selly Oak it was cold, but dry with some sunshine. Our group boarded from our headquarters at TouchBase Pears in Selly Oak for another adventure on the canal. Our journey into the city centre was both calm and relaxing, with the Squirrel stove keeping everyone warm and cozy. As hot drinks and ginger biscuits and Jaffa Cakes were enjoyed, people took time to explore …

Annual Dudley No.2 Canal restoration Walk-the-line 2019

We had beautiful weather in 2019 for our annual walk-the-line from Selly Oak to the Leasowes. Big thanks to all the walkers, great to see new and old faces. Special thanks to Peter Best and Roy Burgess for leading the walk and of course to Jill and Helen for tea and cakes at journey’s end. We hope everyone had a wonderful day.

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Press Release 15th of August 2020

Garfield Weston Foundation contributes £40,000 towards the restoration of the Dudley No 2 canal

The Lapal Canal Trust is very pleased to have been recognised by the Garfield Weston Foundation. We received a letter from Sophia Weston, Trustee and granddaughter of the Founder.

“I am pleased to inform you that your application has been reviewed and am delighted to award a grant of £40,000 to your organisation. We hope that this will not only be good news for your organisation but that it will encourage other funders to support your project. We send you our very best wishes for your continued fundraising and look forward to hearing more in due course.”

Dr Andrew Hardie, Chairman of the Lapal Canal Trust, said “We are delighted to receive the support of one of the largest UK charities, supporting our community campaign to create a green corridor for boaters, walkers, and cyclists. The restoration of the Dudley No2 Canal preserves part of our Industrial Heritage and enhances the environment.”

This award will be a significant part of the funding of the Winding Hole in Selly Oak allowing boats to turn, enter and exit the soon to be restored canal. Land and Water Services have already started on the detailed design. It will be a very attractive water feature in the heart of Selly Oak and a destination for trip boats from Birmingham.

The Garfield Weston Foundation was established in 1958 by Willard Garfield Weston, a businessman who moved to the UK with his family in 1932. He was the creator of Associated British Foods and the Foundation was endowed with a donation of family-owned company shares. As a result, the Foundation is still the ultimate controller of the company today.

The Lapal Canal Trust is actively looking for more financial support. Contact details for donations can be found on the web site: www.lapal.org .

For queries please contact

Hugh Humphreys at the Lapal Canal Trust. Email: nbhugh@gmail.com

Dudley No.2 Canal restoration fundraising

While it’s gone rather quiet with many of our members on lock down – we can take advantage by working more on Fundraising. We are well over halfway to meeting our £700k target. If you are not a member we would be delighted and encouraged if you would join. Membership is £12 per annum, or £108 for ten years. To join you will find a form on our web site www.lapalcanal.co.uk and click the green ‘Find out more button’
We work very closely with our partner organisations, Birmingham Canal Navigation Society (Dudley No 2 became part of BCN in 1846), the Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canal Society which the Dudley No 2 joins in Selly Oak and the Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch of the Inland Waterways Association. They are all very supportive and participate as Trustees, Directors, and committee members. All our information is shared with their members.
+Published by Hugh Humphreys ·7 May, 2020

Restoration Work Continuing at Selly Oak

Very good to see that construction staff of Land & Water Services have returned to work and are busy building the ramps for the new pedestrian bridge. When the bridge and landscaping work is completed then our contractor can start work on the Winding Hole. Our plan to have the Winding Hole completed by Christmas has probably slipped.

Many thanks to the Birmingham Canal Navigation Society (BCNS), South Birmingham Labour Party Group and Nifty Fifties Shenley Green for their invitations to give a presentation on the History and Restoration of the Dudley No 2 Canal. Bit unusual to give 3 presentations in 5 days but very worthwhile. Thanks for the huge interest shown, also donations to our restoration fund and offers of help. The Canal became part of the BCN in 1846, and discussing the history was challenging. The Labour group kindly offered to help with Newsletter distribution and linking to schools. Also very lively discussion and questions from the Nifty Fifties group with lots of engagement and support for the canal. Interesting reminiscence of boats on the canal with one member remembering the blacksmith shoeing the horses pulling the boats. Like a presentation? – E-mail nbhugh@gmail.com

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Published by Hugh Humphreys · December 24, 2019 · 

Just to bring you up to date. The path under the Sainsbury’s delivery yard is now open, and the canal ready to be connected. Landsec has appointed Land and Water Services Ltd to build the bridge over the Worcester Birmingham Canal and to install most of the Sheet Piling around the Winding Hole. The Lapal Canal Trust plans to complete the Winding Hole during 2020.
Thank you all for your support and for following our page during 2019. Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

November 19 at 12:48 PM · 

Our application for planning permission 2019/05259/PA for having the winding hole in water has been approved. Approval for the swing bridge and the canal across the shopping park was agreed earlier. We are ready to start work on the winding hole as soon as we have all the funds in place, estimated cost around £250K. The Landsec /Sainsbury’s consortium are creating a beautiful landscaped park with over 1000 shrubs to be planted, and a public open space for relaxation next to the busy new water feature in the heart of Selly Oak. The Lapal Canal Trust will be responsible for removing an estimated 1750 cubic metres of soil, completing the sheet piling and ensuring the base is waterproof, also providing the path

November 14 at 8:01 PM · 

Very pleased to be invited by the Calthorpe Residents’ Society to show our display and hear a presentation by Sir David Eastwood, Vice -Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, on the “Role of a Global University”.
Lots of interest in our project, an opportunity to explain and thank Sir David for the valuable contribution made by students of Birmingham University. Projects were completed by Marketing Management and Civil Engineering Students.

April 13





Just sending out a press release “Planning Approval Granted for Lapal Canal Trust’s £1.2 Million Restoration of the Dudley No 2 Canal in Selly Oak” . We are all very pleased as it’s a significant step forward, thanks for all the support and especially to Canal & River Trust for the improvements suggested. Restoring this section of canal and the winding hole is estimated to cost £1.2m, utilising the Section 106 Agreement the developer will provide £500k leaving the Lapal Canal Trust with the task of raising £700k. £180k has been raised in the first 5 months. More donations welcome; see www.lapal.org

In February we gave a presentation on the Dudley No2 Canal to the Stourbridge ‘University of the Third Age’ (U3A) Canal Group. They asked for help to walk the route, so here we are this morning starting at Sainsbury’s shopping park and walking along Harborne Wharf and over the Stonybrook past Weoley Castle to California. A very enjoyable walk on a beautiful sunny day with key features being explained. Thanks to Brenda Stevenson for all the arrangements and to Ivor Caplan (IWA Chairman) for explaining some of the detail.


We were again fortunate with the weather as we departed with our Sensepassengers from Selly Oak to The Cube Birmingham to see the view. This time the Broad Street tunnel was open so a chance to also see the square in Brindley Place with the cherry trees in blossom. On the way back passed the junction with the Dudley No 2 Canal where the new winding hole is planned. Thanks to Jon, Helen and team of carers for a great day.


March 25

Very pleased to be invited to display our presentation and to give out leaflets at the recently held AGM of the Calthorpe Residents Society. Thanks again to Liz Dancey, Vice-Chairman, for her kind invitation and support. The Calthorpe Estate is a large part of Edgbaston which adjoins the Weoley and Selly Oak Ward where the canal is located. We have many supporters living on the estate and residents who are active Environmental and Heritage campaigners and enjoy the canal. 

Big thanks to Birmingham University Conservation Volunteers and the Archaeology Society. The 12 volunteers worked to investigate the old drawbridge linking Reservoir Road to Corisande Road. The picture was taken in 1913, unfortunately the bridge was demolished in 1928. Our restoration plan includes a reconstruction of the bridge, the Canal and River Trust archives retain the original bridge drawings. The students also tidied up the area up and down the canal in both directions, collecting 10 big (and heavy!) bags of litter. On completion of the excavation the soil was replaced.


Yesterday the Canal & River Trust kindly invited the Lapal Canal Trust to visit/inspect progress on canal works in the Selly Oak Shopping Park. Thanks to Jack Reilly, Interserve construction manager, for showing us around The work is nearing completion. They have done a very nice job of the brickwork in the undercroft area and the fence next to the canal has been especially nicely designed, the canal will be clearly seen through the fence, Photos show the fence we want moving and the huge amount of soil (some 6500 cubic metres ) to be moved to convert the Greenway into a canal. Hope you can make sense of the photos. Please add comments if you have any questions. More pics at FB page.

January 7, 2019

Canal Boat magazine February issue now available has an excellent article by their restoration specialist and deputy editor Martin Ludgate about our project. Having read the article my wife commented that she now understands what we are trying to do. Martin also supports the work of the Waterways Recovery Group of the Inland Waterways Association and is an expert brick layer! Pictures are from the article showing the under croft being built also Martin helping with our 2016 work camp. So please buy the magazine or alternatively you can download a copy of the article from our web site. http://www.lapal.org/reports/ 



Published by Hugh HumphreysDecember 1 at 1:57 PM

Big thanks to Interserve’s Jack Reilly for arranging for us to take pictures of the canal from the new 18 story Unite Student Accommodation building. We have indicated the canal route. We estimate we have to remove over 7000 cubic metres of soil, also rebuild the path at a lower level to create a tow path. We are making progress with our fundraising campaign to raise the £700,000 we need to complete this section and achieving our £2m target to restore the canal to the end of Selly Oak Park. Donations via our web site www.lapal.org


Sainsbury’s store is opening on Wednesday, 21 Nov., Photos taken yesterday of progress of the canal route across the site. Canal route largely completed, still working on the section under the goods delivery yard, thanks to Arthur for photo. To convert to a canal the Lapal Trust will be responsible for removing about 7500 cubic metres of soil and unfortunately having to remake the path which is up to one metre too high.



We have just sent out our press release announcing our campaign to raise £2m to complete the canal from the Worcester Birmingham canal to the end of Selly Oak Park. This includes the 340m section across the new Selly Oak Shopping Park and the 450m section from Harborne Wharf to the west end of Selly Oak park. The route across the Shopping Park has been secured by the developer who has also agreed to sheet metal pile both sides of the canal and the winding hole and to contribute £500k to finish the work which includes removing the soil, making the canal waterproof and building a tow path swing bridge at the junction. The Trust needs to raise a further £700,000 for this first section to be completed which is included in the £2m. For anyone able to help there is a donation section on our website www.lapal.org

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