Today’s work party was blessed with beautifully sunny and hot weather all day. The turnout was slightly reduced, mostly as some volunteers were on half-term grand-parenting duties, but we quickly got stuck in.

In Coed Gwilym Park, Mike, Ronnie and Nick washed the doors and cleaned the frontage of the canoe store, prior to painting it. You’re gonna need a longer handle for the last bit, Mike!

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Annette brought her latest design, a peddle driven kayak. Testing it on the canal, it successfully moved through the water and the rudder assisted the steering. She is an absolute genius and a bundle of energy.

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Kath and Martin added more donated plants to the wildlife garden in the Hidden Lock site. The butterfly is a green veined white and the plump caterpillar is probably the small tortoiseshell.

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Last week’s piles of weed were barrowed up to the compost heap as more weed was pulled out. It’s lovely to see three grown men having a rest while the youngster does all the work. Well done, Rhys.

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Toby and Fred passed by, carrying a flagpole down to the Hebron Road premises, where it will proudly fly our Green Flag Community Award.

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Sue stayed at home in order to finish painting a second pot in traditional “Roses and Castles” style. Don’t they look splendid?

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The mallard duck and her six surviving ducklings were having fun in the sun.

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Time for tea and cake. [Apologies for the poor quality photo.]

In the afternoon, Amanda Carr and Roxane Dacey of the Swansea Council for Voluntary Service joined us to walk along the canal from Coed Gwilym Park to the proposed Clydach Canoe Centre in Hebron Road, to see what we have achieved so far and to learn of our ambitions. Amanda writes “Thank you so much for a wonderful, informative, sunny and very enjoyable afternoon yesterday. It is really impressive what the association has achieved and so many plans for the future!”

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A very hot day encouraged our slightly diminished group to work extra hard and achieve much. The walk with our friends from SCVS was both enjoyable and informative.