Canal

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...

Clydach Canal Centre: February 2022

Another busy day at the proposed Clydach Canal Centre on Hebron Road, Clydach. Martin and Gill were there to record progress on two projects, this time by professionals rather than volunteers. Robin from Fresh Creatives has started to spray the mural which acts as both a ‘Welcome to Clydach’ poster and a reminder that the...

Work Party: Tuesday 22nd February 2022

The severe storms that had battered so much of the country over the weekend caused us to change our plans somewhat. The volunteers assembled in Coed Gwilym Park as planned but the tasks were all in the park and mostly concerned with tidying up after the storms. Luckily, the weather was much improved today –...

Storm Eunice, February 2022

Storm Eunice wreaked havoc on the Swansea Canal around Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach. The roof was blown off the canoe store and a couple of trees fell onto the towpath. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. The photos of the store show the extent of the damage on Friday and the scene on Saturday after Gordon...

Work Party: Tuesday 15th February 2022

Torrential rain early today saw the unusual event of a cancelled work party, that was due to be removing yet more trees from the cut between the Riverside Community Space and Ynysmeudwy. Andy carefully froze his freshly baked cakes for coffee time until next week. However, last week a very small group had planned to...

Work Party: Tuesday 8th February 2022

This week’s session was once again on the stretch of canal between the Riverside Community Space and Ynysmeudwy. The weather was overcast and cool but mercifully dry. We welcomed a new volunteer, Malcolm, who had to put up with severe ribbing for sporting impressively clean jacket and trousers. Sharon joined us mid-morning with the excuse...