Canal

Work Party: Tuesday 17th May 2022

On another lovely warm and sunny day, the volunteers were back at Hebron Road. One group continued to build the end wall of the Clydach Canal Centre. John G, Malcolm and Mike F were the labourers for Gordon and Alan T.         You can see the window is now in place, complete...

Work Party: Tuesday 10th May 2022

The majority of this week’s large group of volunteers gathered on this warm morning at a new venue – the canal adjacent to Pontardawe Cricket Club. The task was to remove trees from the cut between Holly Street and Bridge 8. A large oak was to prove too much for us but, undaunted, Bob and...

Work Party: Tuesday 3rd May 2022

Today the volunteers worked in and around the Clydach Canal Centre on Hebron Road. Gordon and Alan T, ably assisted by Gareth and Peter, continued to construct the end wall.     The mound of good quality top-soil created when the site was cleared and levelled was cleaned by the removal of grass and stones,...

Work Party: Tuesday 26th April 2022

The day’s work party was greeted at our Hebron Road property – the Clydach Canal Centre – by the splendid sight of the completed stone wall and some magnificent wooden gates. The frontage now looks so much tidier, and this was further enhanced by planting up the new border. Steve also brought some sunflowers which...

Work Party: Tuesday 19th April 2022

A slightly depleted team met at the Clydach Canal Centre on Hebron Road on a cool, bright morning for a spot of gardening and weed clearing. Martin joined us from his early start tending the Buried Lock garden, which looks resplendent in its spring colours. Our itinerant volunteers soon set off in a variety of...

Work Party: Tuesday 12th April 2022

Another lovely, spring day today. We had to modify our plans a bit as Mike F was poorly so we couldn’t complete checking and tidying the canoe store. Instead, we concentrated on clearing the final tree from the cut in Trebanos. Gordon and Bob worked from the tank to cut as much as possible. John...

Work Party: Tuesday 5th April 2022

A pleasant, fairly warm and mercifully dry day saw a relatively small team of volunteers – sadly depleted by COVID – engaged on a variety of tasks between the Hidden Lock site and Trebanos locks. Work continued to prepare for the 2022 canoe & kayak hire season. The buoyancy aids were retrieved from the site...

Work Party: Tuesday 29th March 2022

Another warm and sunny and dry day saw the volunteers assemble at the Clydach Canal Centre, where the major task was to remove as much vegetation as possible from the final few yards of the canal in water. This short section of canal south of the Clydach aqueduct is stagnant so the mud had a...

Work Party: Tuesday 22nd March 2022

“Same job, bigger boat, different tree”! Today was lovely and warm. The volunteers returned to the canal downstream of Trebanos locks to tackle the second of the three trees blocking the canal. This time, we used a bigger boat that provided a much more stable platform for Gordon and Bob but the process was the...

Work Party: Tuesday 15th March 2022

Today was sunny and bright, without a drop of rain. The volunteers met at a Trebanos with one thing on their minds! Other than Alan W, still convalescing after surgery and therefore on light litter-picking duties, everyone worked on removing the first of three trees that are blocking the channel south of the locks.  ...

Work Party: Tuesday 8th March 2022

The weather this morning was rather chilly but with some sun and, mercifully, no rain. The volunteers met at the Riverside Resource Centre, where the main task of the day was to install Nicospan semi-permeable membranes across streams draining into the cut. The idea is to allow water to pass but prevent silt and grit...

Work Party: Tuesday 1st March 2022

Today’s’ volunteer work party convened at our Hebron Road site for a special event – the unveiling of a new mural. The site is being developed into the Clydach Canal Centre, a hub for our regeneration activities, and the adjoining bare breeze block wall was an eyesore at best! Gordon found “Fresh Creative Co.”, a...