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

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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.

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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.

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

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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!