Waterways Recovery Group

 

Last year  Swansea Canal was visited for a few days from WRG volunteers who were camping on the Brecon and Monmouth Canal.  They helped the society’s volunteers to clear vegetation from Ynyscedwyn

This year  Swansea Canal hosted a week long camp of their own.  The work commenced  on the Trebanos Upper and Lower Locks, starting on August 31st

The walls supporting the canal sides were repaired and re-pointed, where appropriate.

If you go down to the exit of Lower Trebanos Lock now, you will see that the water is cascading out of the by-wash into the canal where debris has been removed.

Just how busy can one lock get. Eighteen WRG volunteers, six SCS members, several CRT staff,, a couple of new members attracted by the pre-camp publicity, and one dog, all working  away on Trebanos  Lock like bees in clover.  The services of Bob Grainger and Paul Williams, the photographers, were also greatly appreciated. A wonderful sight.

Note the prominence of the First Aid Kit and the tea urn, Get the priorities right and everything else falls into place.

On the off-side Himalayan Balsam is uprooted, stones that have fallen from the bank dry stone wall into the canal are collected prior to replacement

And here is Gordon, our resident willow master, about to set up his jig and get everyone a-weaving of the withies before, no doubt, breaking into a spontaneous Welsh Clog Dance.

Now this is what I call an infestation of Himalayan Balsam. We were given special dispensation by Mark Robinson at CRT to deal with it in its flowering (but pre-podding) state.