The county councils parish lengthsman
scheme would back up to 130 parish councils in Hampshire this year as the scheme grows.
Groups are being encouraged to do as much as they like - with an opportunity to become a volunteer lengthsman
, where they will be trained to maintain an area or length of the canal.
Above, 16th century cottages in Church Street, Chirk - one, to judge by the signs, evidently a tobacconist's - pictured in August 1975; right, Llangollen's famous bridge, one of the Seven Wonders of Wales, being widened in June 1968 in time for the International Eisteddfod The chain bridge in Llangollen, a favourite walk for visitors, pictured in August 1937 In July 1988 Geoffrey Chennells had particular reason to be proud of seeing Chirk gaining a title in the Best Kept Village competition, as he was the village's only lengthsman
In May 1989 over 50 ex-footplatemen visited the Llangollen Railway as guests of the Foxcote Manor Society, whose locomotive was based on the line.
The advice came from a lengthsman
he used to chat to on the way to school in Llangwyryfon and the anecdote is recalled in Dai's autobiography, Dai and Let Live, newly published in English.
The scheme has been named for Oliver Hancox, a lengthsman
on the canal who lived by the East Stratford Lock close by.
Rydw i'n cofio un neu ddau lengthsman
yn yr ardal yma, ac roedden nhw'n gwneud coblyn o waith da ac yn ofalus o'r gwrychoedd a'r cloddiau.
HARD WORK: National Trust lengthsman
Kevin Morgan starts the back-breaking task of removing floating pennywort from Coxes Mill Pond, part of the 20-mile Wey Navigation, at Addlestone near Weybridge, Surrey
The development takes its name from an Oliver Hancox, a lengthsman
who lived by the adjacent East Stratford Lock, an attractive focal point to the whole scheme.
efo'r cyngor oedd John, ac roedd yn naturiaethwr craff, a difyr oedd gwrando arno'n dweud rhai hanesion.
Adviser at the Countryside Agency, Martin Shaw said: "Protecting the trail is taken very seriously ( which is why, as a partnership, we employ a full-time trail officer, a lengthsman
, three rights of way managers, national park teams and a consultant archaeologist who are all involved in site monitoring and management.
Attached to his own community, the lengthsman
was in the past responsible for making sure grass verges, hedges and footpaths were immaculately kept.