Canal

Work Party: Tuesday 20th July 2021

Phew, what a scorcher! A modest but keen set of volunteers met at Herbert Street bridge in Pontardawe to continue with clearing Canadian pond weed and other vegetation. Isaac honed his fork throwing technique, Mike donned his waders and Alan manned “Nellie”.             Martin, Ronnie and Isaac (he gets everywhere,...

Work Party: Tuesday 13th July 2021

A gloriously sunny and hot day saw the volunteers split into two groups. One half was in Pontardawe, continuing to clear the cut between Herbert Street and Holly Street bridges. The other half was in Coed Gwilym Park where there was no cruising for Clydach Men (and Women) Shed, no sir. They donned their buoyancy...

Work Party: Tuesday 6th July 2021

Today saw the gang back in Pontardawe. The weather was generally warm and sunny, but with one unfortunate exception – more of that later! Most work was either side of Herbert Street bridge but John G, Dave and Alan T were hard at it closer to Holly Street bridge.     Andrew, Paul and Pete...

Work Party: Tuesday 29th June 2021

The gang assembled in Pontardawe and were soon hard at work clearing the canal and both banks between Herbert Street Bridge and the aqueduct. The weather started badly with a very sharp shower but thankfully it soon passed and the morning turned out to be dry and warm. Here are a few photos of a...

Work Party: Tuesday 22nd June 2021

A very sunny and warm day welcomed a grand turnout of volunteers back in force to Coed Gwilym Park, for a number of tasks.   For the third and final time, we were joined by pupils from Gellionen school for a morning of kayaking on the canal. Gordon’s grandson, Rhys, posed for a photo. Our...

Work Party: Tuesday 15th June 2021

The day dawned warm and sunny as, for the second week running, we were joined by pupils from Gellionen school for a morning of kayak instruction and enjoyment on the Swansea canal. Their confidence grew rapidly as they headed for Trebanos under the watchful eye of John G. Our canoe hire team ensured their experience...

Work Party: Tuesday 8th June 2021

Another gloriously sunny day saw a modestly sized group of volunteers undertake work starting from the Hidden Lock site. This blog is also modestly sized as your cub reporter failed to take sufficient photos! Two of the “Hapus i Siarad” / “Happy to Chat” benches were installed alongside the canal in Trebanos. The photos show...

Work Party: Tuesday 1st June 2021

Today’s work party was blessed with beautifully sunny and hot weather all day. The turnout was slightly reduced, mostly as some volunteers were on half-term grand-parenting duties, but we quickly got stuck in. In Coed Gwilym Park, Mike, Ronnie and Nick washed the doors and cleaned the frontage of the canoe store, prior to painting...

Work Party: Tuesday 25th May 2021

Twenty-five volunteers turned out on this mild and mostly dry day. We met in the Hidden Lock site and then dispersed to tackle the day’s tasks. More weed was dragged from the canal upstream of Clydach Mond Lock, Anna and Cerys lending a paw, and last week’s piles were transported to the compost heap.  ...

Removing a Fallen Tree: 23rd May 2021

Canoe hire opened as planned this Sunday, but the very poor weather kept all would-be canoeists away. News had reached us of a very large tree brought down in recent heavy winds. It completely spanned the canal from the off-bank and blocked the towpath, although work had already been done to reopen that route. Therefore,...

Moorhens Hard At Work: May 2021

Gill writes this charming insight into life on the canal: “Last Friday, as I cycled with my grandchildren along the Swansea Canal towpath close to the back of St Vincent’s Church in Clydach we were enthralled to watch the moorhen family of four chicks with their parents nesting together near the steel grid taking the...

Work Party: Tuesday 18th May 2021

Another fantastic turn-out, with two new recruits on duty, started badly in heavy rain but mercifully the weather improved greatly before work commenced in earnest and remained warm and dry well into the afternoon. Most of the volunteers got stuck in to dragging weed from the cut upstream from Clydach Mond Lock. Hard work but...