Canal

Work Party: Tuesday 16th August 2022

Today saw a return to much cooler conditions with a little very welcome drizzle. The volunteers assembled once more at Trebanos to continue with a multitude of tasks including balsam bashing, weed removal, etc., etc. Martin cut back vegetation from between the locks.     Dave trimmed back along the towpath. Rhys treated timbers.  ...

Work Party: Tuesday 9th August 2022

On a sun-filled morning with temperatures in the high twenties our volunteers met at the Upper Trebanos Lock to carry out several tasks. Gordon set up the winch and pulley on the side of the lock to assist in the recovery of the large stones that will be used by the Waterway Recovery Group when...

Work Party: Tuesday 2nd August 2022

A relatively small group of hardy volunteers turned out for the work party today at Pontardawe, on what was an extremely wet and miserable morning. The plan was to tackle the extensive weed bed that has almost taken over the section of canal between Herbert Street bridge and the Paradise Club. After a discussion on...

Work Party: Tuesday 26th July 2022

Today’s work party was based at Trebanos locks. Mercifully, the weather was considerably cooler than last week, with just a hint of drizzle in the air. The volunteers took on two tasks. The heaviest work of the day involved retrieving stone from the upper lock. Gordon built a fantastic pulley system that made relatively easy...

Work Party: Tuesday 19th July 2022

On a VERY hot day, the valiant band of volunteers took as much care as possible to wear hats, keep in the shade and take it easy as they set about tasks in and around the Swansea Canal Centre in Clydach. First up, Chris and Gill attempted to erect the gazebo that had collapsed in...

Work Party: Tuesday 12th July 2022

Today was very warm and humid so the relatively small troupe of volunteers worked steadily with frequent breaks on tasks around the Clydach Canal Centre. Martin and his usual team worked hard to tend and water the gardens and fruit trees. The main garden is in full bloom, thanks to Ronnie, Kath, Helen, Sharon, Martin...

Work Party: Tuesday 5th July 2022

The volunteers met on a lovely summer’s day in Coed Gwilym Park to tackle a variety of tasks in and around the canoe store. In no particular order: Bob, Sue and Toby continued to fettle the newest of our collection of boats. Sue treated the wood whilst Bob and Toby carefully removed more of the...

Work Party: Tuesday 28th June 2022

Today was rather windy, damp and overcast but the rain held off until early afternoon. The volunteers assembled in Coed Gwilym Park with four things on their minds: boat, branches, weed and tarpaulin. The last of these – throwing a huge tarpaulin over the gaping hole in the roof of the canoe store – was...

Work Party: Tuesday 21st June 2022

The team met at the sunny Ynysmeudwy Upper and Lower locks for yet more vegetation clearance – there seems no end to it! However on this first visit to the area in many months we found that a stop plank – a board used to control the water level above the lock chamber – was...

Work Party: Tuesday 14th June 2022

The volunteers enjoyed a really lovely summer’s day back on the canal upstream from the Riverside Community Centre and normal service was resumed with Admiral Gordon in the boat. First, we tackled a tree that was mostly one large trunk, covered in ivy, that we pulled out in substantial chunks. Ropes and pulleys were needed,...

Work Party: Tuesday 7th June 2022

Split shift today! One team was back at the canal by the Riverside Community Space to continue with tree removal. Same drill, but with Bob & John G in the boat as our beloved leader was sunning himself in Tenerife.       Sue and Martin dragged some invasive weed from the cut.    ...

Work Party: Tuesday 31st May 2022

A warm and pleasant day – the last one of Spring – saw a good turnout of volunteers at the Riverside Resource Centre on the northern section of the canal in water. The main task of the day was to continue to remove the trees – mostly willow – that are obstructing the cut. Gordon...