Canal

Work Party Tuesday 3rd April 2019

  We were back in Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach this week and twenty volunteers came out on a lovely early April spring day. If the names ‘Daubentons’, ‘Barbastelle’ or ‘Pipistrelle’ are familiar then you will know that we are talking about bats. This week Alan and Martin were busy putting up the first of...

Work Party Tuesday 26th March 2019

We were back in Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach this week and twenty volunteers came out on a lovely warm spring day. We had our work cut out for us this week as recent high winds had brought down a forty foot silver birch tree across the canal. A team of volunteers lashed together two...

Work Party Tuesday 19th March 2019

This week, 24 willing volunteers came out on a very pleasant mid-March day to work on the canal. We were back in Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach with a variety of tasks to undertake. We broke into small groups, rolled up our sleeves and got to work. Bob, John and Dominic continued work on the...

Work Party Saturday 16th March 2019

The call went out that Keep Wales Tidy had organized a community clean-up day for Saturday 16th March and local volunteers came out to do their bit. Youngsters from local schools, Paul and Michelle from the Canal Society and members of the Pontardawe Air Cadets gathered on the Recreation Grounds in Pontardawe at ten o’clock...

Work Party Tuesday 12th March 2019

Well, it had to happen one day. Tuesday working party and the heavens opened and down came the rain. Undeterred by the weather, twelve volunteers came out to work in the relative shelter at Clydach Lock. John and Alan did some work on the Society’s canoe trailer. They mounted and secured the canoe rack to...

Work Party Tuesday 5th March 2019

This week we were back at Ynysmeudwy removing several years of vegetation encroachment from the pound between the upper and lower locks. The weather was rather over-cast and rain was predicted but much progress was made this week. This is a messy business as can be seen. Much progress has been made in these work...

Work Party Tuesday 26th February 2019

The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny as twenty eager Canal Society volunteers gathered at the Boat Depot in Coed Gwilym Park to continue repairs to the canal bank. The mixer was soon up and running, in the capable hands of the ‘Two Gareths’.   Alan and Mike were kept busy pouring the first mix...

Work Party Tuesday 19th February 2019

Another very pleasant morning in mid-February and we were back on the canal at Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach. No fewer than twenty-four volunteers came out to lend a hand. It is so gratifying to see so many people freely giving of their time in this way. Volunteers Alan and Martin were busy preparing three...

Work Party Sunday 17th February 2019

This month we met up at Herbert Street Bridge, Pontardawe to spend a few hours sprucing up the canal in the area around the aqueduct. This section of the canal shows signs of neglect and so a few hours of work can make a significant difference. We had a marvellous turn-out with six volunteers along...

Work Party Tuesday 12th February 2019

A very pleasant morning in early February found Alan, Malcolm and David busy putting up a few more of Alan’s hand-crafted bijou family bird boxes in the Canal Society’s Nature Reserve in Coed Gwilym Park. The boxes have been successful in attracting robins and blue tits.   The rest of the work party moved up...

Work Party Tuesday 5th February 2019

This week we returned to Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach. The weather was rather mild with a touch of drizzle. An amazing twenty-four volunteers turned out and set to work on this, the first work party of February. The aim was to continue the repair and rebuilding of the canal bank just north of the...

Work Party Tuesday 29th January 2019

This week the weather caught up with us and the rain came down, but you can’t keep a good team down and fifteen eager volunteers set to work.  Volunteers Alan and Michelle headed up to Pontardawe to investigate a fallen tree in the canal. The photo shows the ivy-covered tree spanning the width of the...