Today was bright, sunny and dry but not too warm. The volunteers worked on and off the canal in Coed Gwilym Park. Yun Yun joined us for the first time since lock down. It was a day for dogs too, with April, Anna, Cerys and Percy on parade.

Annette produced a wonderful seat for her catamaran. It was soon on the water and proved to be superbly balanced and easy to paddle. She and John attached an electric motor that proved equally successful. There seems to be no limit to her enthusiasm and expertise.

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Andy and Sue cleared overgrowth from the sleepers and stone bank. It’s not often you see gardening by saw, but needs must!

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Today was a day for signs. Mike positioned a cut-out canoe that will form the basis of an imposing mural whilst John and Gareth added a plaque describing the bike track in the park.

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John with litter picker in hand walked all the way from Pontardawe.

The main business of the day was the retaining wall. Gordon removed a section of fence to make for easier delivery of stone and infill whilst order was restored as the Gareths returned to duty on the mixer – note the exemplary social distancing. Alan and Mike, ably assisted by Yun Yun, did an excellent job in building the wall to final height. Just some flat top stones to be added.

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Tea and cake were enjoyed with care to maintain social distancing.

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Martin and David gardened in the Hidden Lock site and cleared the towpath respectively – sorry for the lack of photos.

Another excellent morning’s work in very pleasant conditions, so well done everybody. Next week we are off to Pontardawe to give the northern section some much needed attention.