Canal

Work Party: Tuesday 17th March 2020

  A damp and dreary day together with concerns about coronavirus meant that today’s work-party was smaller than usual. Too few of us to continue with the bank repairs but still plenty to do. Hardcore from the digging out of the temporary by-wash in the Hidden Lock site was barrowed up to Coed Gwilym Park...

Work Party: Tuesday 10th March 2020

  Today’s forecast was for torrential rain so we decided to postpone cement mixing and bag laying in favour of assorted, important tasks. The first of these regrettably has no photographic evidence – a few volunteers went to Trebanos Locks with a view to inserting fencing poles into the canal alongside the original wall. Unfortunately,...

Work Party: Tuesday 3rd March 2020

  On a lovely Tuesday morning – chilly but bright – we assembled in Coed Gwilym Park to tackle a number of tasks and to bid farewell to Kevin Phillips, Area Operations Manager for the Canal and River Trust, who is retiring after thirty-seven years of service. The first task was to continue to extend...

Work Party: Tuesday 25th February 2020

  A cold, bright day with the threat of rain so most of the team assembled in Coed Gwilym Park where we tackled a couple of important preparatory jobs and had fun with the kayaks. Martin, John and Andy met Councillor Rebeca Phillips to discuss the positioning of three “Happy To Chat” benches. Five possible...

Work Party: Tuesday 18th February 2020

  Storm Dennis was still rumbling around so we decided that due to the threat of yet more rain it was unwise to embark on wall repairs as originally intended. So we decided to undertake various important tasks around Coed Gwilym Park and in the Hidden Lock site. Annette and Ronnie worked on a prototype...

Work Party: Tuesday 11th February 2020

  Storm Ciara had passed through Swansea so we were able to set to alongside the Golf Club next to Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach. The big job for the day was to continue with wall repairs, but first the earth covering the original wall had to be removed to make a firm foundation. As...

Work Party: Tuesday 4th February 2020

  #LifesBetterByWater A chilly but bright day saw the volunteers assemble at Trebanos Locks to continue with rebuilding the canal wall. We were very pleased to find signage describing the dredging project and the hopes and aspirations of Swansea Canal Society. And bilingual too!         The preparation of the bags continued as...

Work Party: Tuesday 28th January 2020

  On a bright but chilly day, the volunteers assembled at Trebanos Locks only to be confronted by a very disappointing sight. Regrettably, the dredging had dislodged the new wall that had been laid over the last few months. The cause seems to have been that some of the sandbags were laid on an unstable...

Work Party: Tuesday 21st January 2020

  Today was very cold but bright and as the sun shone and the hard work started, we all quickly warmed up. The “Access For Everyone” group continued to clear the CRT store in Hebron Road. Here Gill is tidying up the front yard.     The main group assembled at Trebanos Locks to repair...

Work Party: Tuesday 14th January 2020

  Really heavy rain forced us once again to abandon plans to lay cement bags along the bank at Trebanos. Instead, we split into two groups. The first very sensibly took shelter in the Canal & River Trust depot in Hebron Road. The volunteers quickly got to work tidying up in preparation for using the...

Work Party: Tuesday 7th January 2020

  A mild, fairly bright day greeted the first work party of 2020 to Trebanos Locks where the order of the day was to continue with bank reinforcement. As usual, concrete was mixed then bags were filled, barrowed to the work site and laid carefully in place as shown in this series of photos. The...

BBC TV Cymru Filming, Thursday 19th December 2019

  On 19th December the rain held off long enough for a visit to the Swansea Canal by BBC TV Cymru to report on the dredging of the section between Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach, and Trebanos. The team filmed the amphibious excavator in action and large quantities of silt being transported down the canal in...