Canal

The Canal Beneath Our Feet: Gable End Down 18.6.17.

    Only the wall of the building on the St. Benedict’s Church side still stands (photo left) and the gable end which covered part of the buried lock is now completely gone (along with the roof, of course). The slabs covering the buried lock are immediately behind the Heras fencing in the foreground.    ...

WILDFLOWERS/WEEDS ALONG THE CANAL

  There has been some discussion regarding wildflowers and plnting aongside the canal.  There are many wildflowers, easily recognisale specieis, but there are also many that are not.  The plants support a diversity of wildlife and play a very important part in the biodiversity of the local area.  Great care is taken when wowrking along...

The Canal Beneath our Feet: (11) After the Storm: 14.6.17.

    Michelle has been back to the Old Highways Depot to record the fantastic demolition work that Mr. Thomas and his workers have done. No sign of them at the time she took these photos but talk about considerate builders! Everything has been left tidy and neat. The roof is half off the old work...

Demolition Day: 11.6.17 Addendum

  Thanks to so many of you for ‘liking’ the last blog on the JCB work in the Old Highways Depot and The Triple Work sites. I felt a bit of a cheat not having a photo of the building to be demolished by the JCB so here on the left is a more comprehensive...

The Canal Beneath our Feet (10). Demolition Underway. 11. 6.17

   The heavy plant has arrived. Our wonderful contractors moved into the Old Highways depot, Pontardawe Road, today and have begun the demolition of the framework of the building that was built over the buried lock in the mid seventies. A lot of the interior fittings have already been removed by Gordon and Gareth as...

Work Party : Sunday 11th June

There was another successful working party today.  This time  they cleared fly tipping about 200 metres north of bridge number 7,  on the offside bank. Unfortuneately, all of the rubbish was not removed due to lack of time, but an improvement has been made, and at a later time we will go back to continue...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 12TH JUNE 2017 TO 18TH JUNE 2017

TUESDAY 13TH JUNE: Work party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach betwen 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts 300 yards north of  Upper Trebanos Lock at 9.15 to build up the  badly eroded banks on the tow path side. We will also continue painting the wooden fencing leading to the  riverside path. SUNDAY 18TH JUNE: ...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 5TH JUNE 2017 TO 11TH JUNE 2017

  TUESDAY 6TH JUNE: Work party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach betwen 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts 300 yards north of  Upper Trebanos Lock at 9.15 to build up the  badly eroded banks on the tow path side. We will also continue painting the wooden fencing leading to the  riverside path. WEDNESDAY 7th...

WASH HOLE WORK PARTY: 23.5.17

Several tasks are involved in  the improvements that we, with the help of the Canal and River Trust, are making north of Upper Trebanos Lock where the canal disappears into the pipe on its dark journey to the centre of Pontardawe. Five  foot long treated timber poles are driven-in along the off bank to support...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 29TH MAY 2017 TO 4TH JUNE 2017

TUESDAY 30TH MAY 2017: Work Party meets at  Brownsters cafe between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts at 9.15 am, 400 yards north of Upper Trebanos Lock, where we are making great progress repairing the eroded banks and wash-holes. We dig back to the foundations of the original wall and build up with sand bags before...

FIRST WEEKEND WORK PARTY IN PONTARDWE: SUNDAY 21.5.17

The weather conditions were perfect for the inaugural Pontardawe Sunday Working Party’ on the canal.  Michelle chose a very ‘public’ location at the Aqueduct near Herbert Street so all the volunteers received much support and numerous expressions of gratitude for their efforts from local residents passing by. The venue coud not have been better. There...

Change of Venue for this Tuesday’s Work Party (16th May).

WE WILL NOT BE WORKING AT TREBANOS THIS WEEK AS WE DO NOT HAVE THE PERSONNEL TO TAKE THE TRAILERS BACK TO THE DEPOT IN CLYDACH.  THEREFORE, WE WILL INSTEAD BE WORKING FROM THE CLYDACH DEPOT ON THE OLD STONE BARGE MONUMENT SITE AND CLEARING VEGETATION FROM THE  CANAL CHANNEL UP TO PONT JOHN BRIDGE....