Canal

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...

Work Party: Tuesday 17th December 2019

  Delayed delivery of building materials to Trebanos meant that we had to postpone repairs to the canal bank. Instead we gathered at the Hidden Lock site and continued with several vital tasks. First of these was to finish the repositioning of the bridge across the by-wash. Concrete was mixed, stones were cut and transported...

Work Party: Tuesday 10th December 2019

  Today’s forecast was for continuous rain so we abandoned plans to continue with bank reinforcement at Trebanos. Instead, we assembled in the Hidden Lock site and busied ourselves with a variety of tasks. In contrast to the dire forecast, the first part of the morning was fairly dry so we built the block wall...

Work Party Two: Tuesday 3rd December 2019

  WORK PARTY TWO OF TWO – BYWASH BRIDGING The second, smaller group of volunteers stayed in the Hidden Lock site to start on constructing a new crossing of the temporary by-wash. This is needed to provide safer, sturdier, easier vehicular access to the far side of the site. The first phase is to reinforce...

Work Party One: Tuesday 3rd December 2019

  WORK PARTY ONE OF TWO – COMMUNITY GARDENING Half of our Tuesday volunteers forsook the towpath for the Swansea suburb of Townhill today. We became a garden clearance team on behalf of a gentleman with Asperger’s who, after the death of his parents, is finding it difficult to control the bramble and weeds in...

AMs Visit The Canal: Friday 29th November 2019

  Today was all about Rebecca Evans, AM for Gower, and Jeremy Miles, AM for Neath. They came to check up on progress with the dredging and to meet our colleagues from Glandwr Cymru and the hard workers from Land and Water Services. Jeremy and Rebecca are long time supporters of Swansea Canal Society. Here...

Work Party: Tuesday 26th November 2019

  The volunteers assembled at the Ynysmeudwy Locks and decided that, as bad weather was forecast, to abandon all hope of wall repairs and pointing. Rather, they concentrated on removing weed and silt from the pound between the locks. Gordon rigged his Mark 2 dredger operated by a system of pulleys driven by man-power and...

Dredging: Tuesday 19th November 2019

  Land and Water hard at work today just upstream of Coed Gwilym bridge. A problem was a large obstruction at the bridge that hampered the passage of the full barges. In the first two photos, Gordon goes fishing and the expert driver tries unsuccessfully to drag it out. No matter, work continued. The plan...

Work Party: Tuesday 19th November 2019

  Today was cold but bright – a lovely day for working on the cut. The volunteers assembled at Trebanos Locks to reinforce another stretch of the bank and at Coed Gwilym Park where refurbishment of the railings continued. At the same time, the dredging continued at the bridge in Coed Gwilym Park – this...

Dredging: Tuesday 12th November 2019

  The dredging of the canal between Coed Gwilym and Trebanos started today. Here are a few photos of the preparatory work: The equipment is being stored in and alongside D & W Thomas Garage so the first job is to clear the cut up to and under the bridge to allow clear passage of...