A pleasant, fairly warm and mercifully dry day saw a relatively small team of volunteers – sadly depleted by COVID – engaged on a variety of tasks between the Hidden Lock site and Trebanos locks.

Work continued to prepare for the 2022 canoe & kayak hire season. The buoyancy aids were retrieved from the site office, extra stanchions were constructed and new painters were secured. Still no roof on the building, but we are nearly ready to open.

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A huge branch was dragged out and cut up by Gareth, who used his superhuman powers to wheelbarrow it to safety.

The new, long-handled pruning saw was used to great effect to remove the reachable branches from one of the three remaining fallen trees. After tea, the tank was deployed, allowing many more branches to be tackled.

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Bob serviced the two large boats that are moored opposite the canal store.

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Dave tackled a large trunk covered in ivy with a small pair of secateurs.

And finally, we found time for tea and cake, this week provided by Gill.

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The tree carving continues apace. Not quite finished, but a hare, an owl and a red kite are emerging from the trunk. The Society can claim no credit for this wonderful piece of art that will truly benefit the canal.