A NEW group that could help boost ‘one of Devon’s jewels’ is on the horizon – but more interest is needed to secure its formation.

The active Canal Awareness Group is exploring the creation of the Friends of the Grand Western Canal Country Park, which would apply for grants and bring additional resources to the popular canal.

The friends would also promote the attractions of the canal to an even wider audience and hope to make closer links between the country park’s management team and the communities along the 11-mile stretch.

Adam Pilgrim, spokesman for the CAG, said: “The Grand Western Canal Country Park is one of Devon’s jewels.

“The new friends organisation will take part in keeping its sparkle for everyone to enjoy.”

The CAG is holding a public meeting at the end of next month, to find out how much interest exists in forming the new group.

Anyone interested in joining, sharing ideas or learning more about the venture is invited to attend. Keep reading the Star and website – middevon|star.co.uk/news – for details of a date and venue.

The CAG has congratulated the country park team, led by Mark Baker, for achieving its third consecutive Green Flag Award, which sets a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.