A very sunny and warm day welcomed a grand turnout of volunteers back in force to Coed Gwilym Park, for a number of tasks.


For the third and final time, we were joined by pupils from Gellionen school for a morning of kayaking on the canal. Gordon’s grandson, Rhys, posed for a photo. Our canoe hire team ensured their experience was safe and COVID-compliant.

After far too long a wait, we were able to return to reinforcing the canal wall. Mix-fill-transport-lay the sandbags – it’s a well-oiled machine!

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Gordon and Nick, assisted by Alan, Pete and the Gareths, marked out and levelled the ground behind the store. A shed is to be built there to provide much needed additional storage.

 Level4  Level6

Sue, Dave and Andy bashed balsam. Large patches have grown alongside the refurbished towpath south of Trebanos locks, almost certainly as a result of the ground being disturbed.

 BB1  BB3

Kath and Martin worked hard on the garden next to the canoe store. It is looking fantastic.


Time for tea, with a special cake to celebrate Andy’s birthday.

After tea, Alan, Kath and Martin continued to garden in the Hidden Lock site. Kath spotted a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on Red Valerian. Martin picked a few more strawberries.

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Today was a truly glorious return to near-normality. The kayaks were out on the water as part of our community engagement programme while the volunteers were hard at work. Long may it continue!