BRITISH Waterways moved quickly to clear fallen trees as winter paid an early visit to the Llangollen Canal.
The weight of a heavy overnight snowfall brought down a number of old trees at two locations along the canal – between Chirk Tunnel and Chirk Marina and at Fron Bridge near Llangollen – closing sections of towpath.
British Waterways Wales & Border Counties general manager Julie Sharman said teams were on site immediately, cutting up the fallen trees, which represented a hazard to canal boat traffic.
She said: “The towpath was closed along these points for less than 24 hours between Wednesday and Thursday while the fallen trees were removed.
“Standing trees were also assessed to ensure the weight of snow on their branches did not pose a significant risk of them falling.”
Six months of maintenance and improvement works was due to begin next week.
The works aims to ensure the Llangollen Canal and the other waterways in the region will be ready for the new visitor season in spring 2009.