Canal

Work Party: Tuesday 16th July 2019

Phew, what a scorcher! The intrepid gang braved the burning sun to carry out vital tasks in two locations. Firstly, a party set off to the canal just south of the winding hole opposite the golf course in Clydach. Here the channel was almost impassable by canoe and choked with weed, so we set to...

Work Party: Tuesday 9th July 2019

Another glorious sunny day in Trebanos. The SCS volunteers were joined again by volunteers from HSBC Business Banking. We split ourselves into groups to tackle several, vital tasks. The biggest task was to continue to reinforce the bank south of Trebanos Locks. Concrete was mixed, bags were filled, the wheelbarrow was kept busy and bags...

Work Party: Tuesday 2nd July 2019

On a beautiful sunny day, the gang assembled at Trebanos Locks to continue with bank reinforcement. Over this Tuesday and last, a total of 196 bags filled with cement & stone dust mix have been laid. A massive task accomplished, but the job is not done yet. The A-team, lead by Aled and the two...

Work Party: Tuesday 25th June 2019

On a lovely Tuesday morning, sixteen SCS volunteers were joind by Rhodri and Emyr from CRT to work on reinforcing the bank just south of the Trebanos locks. This job, vital in itself, is all the more important as it contributes to the match funding for the grant for the dredging. These six photos give...

Work Party: Tuesday 18th June 2019 + WRG Wednesday 19th June

A lovely day on the cut today. Seventeen volunteers busied themselves at three locations. Firstly, Martin combed the paths around the Hidden Lock site for interesting wild plants. His finds included corncockle and salad burnet. John supervised Rhodri from CRT as he excavated and tidied the towpath bank at Trebanos, the northernmost end of the...

Work Party: Tuesday 11th June 2019

A merry band of 14 volunteers assembled in the Buried Lock site in Clydach to carry on with general tidying duties. This was a change to our original plan to finish the repointing of the bywash at Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock occasioned by the threat of torrential rain that, needless to say, never materialised! Your intrepid...

Work Party: Tuesday 4th June 2019

A rainy day today! Eleven regular SCS volunteers were joined by thirteen volunteers from HSBC Business Telephone Banking, Llansamlet. Gill kitted out the HSBC team with tabards and gloves in preparation for the main task of the day – removing Canadian pond weed from the canal north of the Hidden Lock site in Clydach. In...

Work Party: Tuesday 28th May 2019

Apologies for a very brief report this week – your regular contributors were otherwise engaged! Thanks to Martin for providing the photos. The main event of the day was a canoe session for the Swansea Ramblers. Everyone enjoyed themselves out on the water and relaxing afterwards.       Two groups of volunteers were hard...

Work Party: Tuesday 21st May 2019

On a beautiful sunny morning, we fielded a team of twelve regular volunteers plus two new faces, Charles and Steve, from CGI in Bridgend. As Gordon was sunning himself in Croatia, John G. took up the reins and split us into five groups: (1) Pontardawe Michelle, Paul and Elle busied themselves around the Herbert Street...

Work Party: Tuesday 14th May 2019

On a lovely warm and sunny morning eighteen eager volunteers were up at Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock this week to continue repairing the stonework on the by-wash. A mix of lime mortar was soon prepared and the team got to work. Volunteer Gareth the Younger is getting very proficient with the pointing trowel, and was soon...

Work Party: Tuesday 7th May 2019

On a day that started out a bit chilly but warmed up nicely later on, sixteen eager volunteers headed up to Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock to continue work on the by-wash. This is Lock No. 13 on the Swansea Canal and a nearby canal milepost gives a distance of 9¾ miles from Swansea. The lock is...

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down: Friday 3rd May 2019

Gordon and his merry band of contractors spent a long day in the site of the Buried Lock in Clydach demolishing many of the sustantial walls left over from the days of the Council Depot. Here are a few before and after photos plus the heavy plant used and the gang relaxing after an exhausting...