British Waterways is allocating extra cash to dealing with overgrown towpaths and other vegetation problems along its rivers and canals.

British Waterways is allocating extra cash to dealing with overgrown towpaths and other vegetation problems along its rivers and canals.

BW say significant improvements are already visible throughout the network following their pledge last September to carry out a full edge-to-edge towpath cut by the end of March.

Robin Evans, chief executive of BW, said: “We understand that controlled towpath vegetation is crucial to the enjoyment of our waterways for boaters and I hope they can now see a real improvement throughout the network.

“We ask that where waterway users consider that the ‘veg pledge’ has not been met, to please let us know. We are determined to get this right.”

He announced that BW would allocate an extra £6.125m for vegetation and offiside tree management in 2005/6, representing an increase of £2.325m over the 2004/5 budget.