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Yr Ardd Flodau Gwyllt / The Wild Flower Garden

In the second in an occasional series, Martin, our Head Gardener and Welsh learner, writes: Yr Ardd Flodau Gwyllt Syniad Gordon oedd hi i ddefnyddio cerrig o’r adeiladau ddymchwelwyd ar y safle ‘Clydach Buried Lock’ i wneud gardd flodau gwyllt. Os ydych chi’n tyfu planhigion brodorol, maen nhw’n gwneud yn well mewn pridd bas a...

Christmas in Minature

Once more, the Society, and indeed the whole nation, languishes in lockdown. Volunteer sessions are suspended for the foreseeable future. Christmas this year will be very different for all of us. We all hope for a very much better 2021. Here is a little bit of Christmas cheer from Michelle, one of the Society’s long-standing...

Hapus i Siarad / Happy to Talk

Martin, our Head Gardener, is learning Welsh. He wrote the following piece as part of his homework:   Grant ‘Hapus i Siarad’. Mae Rebeca Phillips, Cyngorhydd Trebanos, wedi rhoi ei cyllid cymunedol blynyddol i’r Gymdeithas Gamlas Abertawe. Mae’r Gymdeithas wedi prynu tair mainc gyda’r rhodd hael hon. Mae’r meinciau’n rhan o’r fenter iechyd meddwl ‘Hapus...

Work Party: Tuesday 8th December 2020

On a bitterly cold morning, the volunteers assembled at two sites. Firstly at the canal that runs alongside Hebron Road, rubbish was collected whilst John effected a repair to the doors on the derelict building.     At the Hidden Lock site, the hardcore rubbish was used as backfill behind the garden wall, plant material...

The Week Ahead: 6th – 12th December 2020

Work Party Tuesday 8th December 2020: Assemble at the Hidden Lock site in Clydach at 9am. Tasks within the site will be allocated upon arrival and will include building the wall around the garden and clearing the channel south of Clydach Mond lock. Bring your own refreshments. Social distancing must be maintained, Stay safe.

Work Party: Tuesday 1st December 2020

An unexpected turn of events and the high COVID-19 infection rate in Pontardawe caused a last-minute change of venue for today’s session. The gang assembled in the Hidden Lock site in Clydach and carried on with several tasks. The weather was fair and the rain stayed away. The biggest event was the arrival of the...

Work Party: Tuesday 1st December 2020 – Change of venue

WORK PARTY, TUESDAY 1st DECEMBER 2020 ********** CHANGE OF PLAN ********** Due to the prevailing circumstances in Pontardawe, including the high COVID infection rate, it has been decided to move the work party to Clydach. Please assemble in the Hidden Lock site at 9am when you can choose from a number of tasks. With apologies...

Christmas 2020 Video

CHRISTMAS 2020 – A VIDEO MESSAGE This video was created by Annette as a thank you message to all our friends, supporters, collaborators and volunteers. Without your support, none of the work on the canal would be possible. Christmas 2020 will be very different from previous years but have fun and stay safe.

The Week Ahead: Sunday 29th November – Saturday 5th December 2020

Tuesday 1st December: Work party meets at Holly Street bridge in Pontardawe at 9:30am. We will be clearing vegetation from the channel and both banks north of the bridge. Cae Pandy park will also be tidied. Tuesday 1st December: Monthly business meeting of the Swansea Canal Society at the Vadre Rugby Club, Hebron Road, Clydach...

Work Party: Tuesday 24th November 2020

A nice day today weather-wise – warm and sunny with very little rain. The volunteers worked in the Buried Lock site where the principal task was to continue building the wall around Martin’s garden. Gordon and Gareth the Younger were on the mixer. Alan T, Sue, Mike and Andy laid the larger stones while Martin...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 22nd – Saturday 28th November 2020

Work Party Tuesday 24th November 2020: Now that the Firebreak is over, we can all meet together. So please assemble at the Hidden Lock site in Clydach at 9am. Tasks within the site will be allocated upon arrival and will include building a wall around the garden, filling compost bins and clearing leaves. Bring your...

Work Party: Tuesday 17th November 2020

What a wet day! Our sensible volunteers – Annette and Gill – cosseted themselves in a cosy cafe to finalise the Christmas video that was filmed last week. The rest of us worked through almost constant rain in and around the Buried Lock site. Apologies for the poor quality of some of the photos, due...