The Lagan Canal Restoration Trust received funding to reclaim the Union Locks structures from the vegetation which was overtaking them.
Lagan Canal Restoration Trust is a partnership organisation which was formed in January 2009. The partnership facilitates and co-ordinates programmes to restore the Lagan Canal to its original condition
Since funding recreational users of the pathways are able to appreciate the Union Locks structures
The production of a Guide to the Lagan Canal which will be used as an interpretive tool to increase access to the natural asset of the area and enhance understanding. The guide will enhance engagement of the rural communities with their natural and built heritage as well as acting as a tool in the strategic development of tourism.
The Lagan Canal stretched for 27 miles from Belfast Lough to Lough Neagh passing through 27 Locks and Lagan Valley Regional Park. The Lagan Canal was one of the most successful commercial navigations in Ireland. The remains of the Lagan canal is one of the region's best assets as it passes through the cities of Belfast and Lisburn rolling through countryside and picturesque villages entering Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles.
Funding was to design, produce and print 10,000 Guides to the Lagan Canal - Past, resent and Future plus an illustrated map.
This project aims to generate an increase in visitor numbers to the Lagan Canal including the wider corridor area. The guide highlights the key areas to visit and the current facilities that are on offer.