Canal

Work Party: Tuesday 13th October 2020

With local COVID lock down measures in force for the third week in Swansea and in Neath Port Talbot, once again we had to split ourselves into two sections. After some early, heavy rain the weather cheered up so both groups got much good work done. Clydach As for the last few weeks, work was...

Work Party: Tuesday 6th October 2020

With local COVID lock-down measures still in force in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, we split ourselves into two sections once again. We had to dodge some sharp but mercifully brief showers but it takes more than a drop of rain to stop our volunteers. Clydach Work was in and around the Hidden Lock site....

Wildlife on the Canal, October 2020

Here are two lovely photos and an amazing video clip of wildlife recently spotted on the canal in Clydach. The stills of the kingfisher and squirrel are wonderful close-ups and the video of the otter is truly outstanding. We are indebted to Beth and her son for the images. Keep your eyes peeled and send...

Work Party: Tuesday 29th September 2020

Well, this proved to be a strange volunteering session! With local COVID lock down measures in force in Swansea and in Neath Port Talbot, our volunteers living in the Swansea area could not travel to Neath Port Talbot and vice versa. And Alan T, although not living in a lock down area, couldn’t travel to...

Work Party: Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Today was bright, sunny and dry but not too warm. The volunteers worked on and off the canal in Coed Gwilym Park. Yun Yun joined us for the first time since lock down. It was a day for dogs too, with April, Anna, Cerys and Percy on parade. Annette produced a wonderful seat for her...

Work Party: Tuesday 15th September 2020

The volunteers enjoyed warm sunshine as they gathered in Coed Gwilym Park. Rabbie and Jackie were welcomed back for the first time since lock down, both wearing excellent masks. We separated into a few, small groups and got on with various tasks. First up was Annette with her “Can-Do-Canoe” construction du jour. She bolted together...

Work Party: Tuesday, 8th September 2020

Today started off with the promise of rain but luckily it held off save for some drizzle. The volunteers assembled in the Hidden Lock site and soon split up into small groups. Ronnie, Martin and Dave worked hard to clear both edges of the new towpath alongside the Hidden Lock.     Gill and Andy...

Work Party: Tuesday 1st September 2020

On a gloriously sunny morning, the volunteers assembled in the Hidden Lock site in Clydach before separating into several small, socially distanced group to undertake a variety of tasks. Martin decided that today was the day to return regular to volunteering and soon busied himself tidying up his beloved wildflower garden.   Gill and Gareth...

Work Party: Tuesday 25th August 2020

Storm Francis gave us a very wet and windy day so relatively few volunteers braved the elements and everything took much longer to do than usual. The canal was very full as water rushed down the feeder streams.     Alan T built a bonfire, in the by-wash of the Hidden Lock site, to burn...

Work Party: Tuesday 18th August 2020

The morning started off with the most dreadful rain so it was hard to decide what to do for the best. Luckily the rain soon stopped so we split into several small groups and attended to various tasks. Alans T & W started in the heaviest rain by pulling weeds from the cut just north...

Work Party : Tuesday 11th August 2020

At the risk of stating the obvious, it was jolly hot today so the volunteers had to pace themselves. We put out three small work parties – a strategy that works well as it makes social distancing rather easier.     The first group was in Coed Gwilym Park. The canoe store is normally given...

Work Party: Tuesday 4th August 2020

Today’s work party was about two visits that had been arranged independently but turned out to mesh together extraordinarily well. So we all assembled in Coed Gwilym Park. Our first visitors were the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, Mrs Louise Fleet, JP and her Deputy, Mrs Jane Clayton, DL. They had asked to visit us...