Canal

Work Party: 1st July 2020 – A Day In The Garden

Martin and Liz spent a very productive few hours gardening: “The wild flower bed in the buried lock site behind St Benedict’s Church has remained untouched since lockdown. In that time it has coped with extremes of heat and drought in April and May, and cold, rainy weather in June. Yet most of the plants...

Work Party: Tuesday 30th June 2020

Another small but beautifully formed and socially distanced work party today in and around the Canoe Store in Coed Gwilym Park. Unfortunately, there was drizzle all morning that turned to heavy rain by 1pm. Many thanks to Ronnie for providing the photos and text.     Gill and Annette tried out a floating platform and...

Work Parties on 22nd, 23rd and 24th June 2020

This week we continued with baby steps to return to work. Risk assessments, plenty of signage, just a few volunteers, social distancing, regular hand washing so everyone stayed safe.     Monday: Martin and Liz weeded the wild garden in the Hidden Lock site. No photo, but they say it is starting to look good...

Work Party 17th June 2020: Our First Steps

  Gordon and Gareth the Younger take our first, tentative steps towards restarting the work parties. They pulled out some weed this morning from a 50 yard stretch north of Clydach Mond Lock. Just the two of them, careful social distancing from each other and the public, plenty of hand sanitiser, face coverings, no exchange...

Heron Spotted on the Canal, June 2020

  This little beauty was spotted just south of Clydach Mond Lock by Hazel, one of our biking chums who has recently returned to the towpath after a brief period of lock down. She was concerned that it looked a bit poorly and wondered if we could check on it. Our beloved leader – Gordon...

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...