Canal

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...

Work Party: Tuesday 1st February 2022

Today was “All about that base”! The volunteers met at Trebanos Locks on a warm and fairly bright morning, with “Happy To Chat” in mind. The project to install three benches had been delayed for far too long by the COVID pandemic but today we were there to complete it. The objective for the day...

Work Party: Tuesday 25th January 2022

A slightly depleted team of volunteers met for a third week at the Ynysmeudwy Riverside Community Space section of the canal, with tree-clearing on their minds! Nellie, our small work boat, was out again with Gordon at the helm. Last week’s triumph in removing a large tree trunk from the cut had inspired further clearance...

Towpath Restoration, January 2022

The restoration by Swansea Council of the towpath from Coed Gwilym Park to the Neath Port Talbot boundary, that has been underway for the last few weeks, is finished. The boys from John Williams & Co. (Crwbin Quarries) Ltd., contractors for the Council, have now completed the top layer of tarmac. And very nice it...

Work Party: Tuesday 18th January 2022

After a “firebreak” of just one week, the volunteers were back hard at work on the canal adjacent to the Riverside Community Space. The day was very cold, but not cold enough to deter anyone. The first task of the day was to finish off clearing Bridge 8 by removing soil from the path and...

The Clydach Canal Centre: And the walls came tumbling down!

The work to create the Clydach Canal Centre on Hebron Road in Clydach has started. The first job was the removal of the unusable, very narrow end of the building. Under the supervision of our chairman Gordon, the contractors worked hard all day to complete the demolition and to compact all the brick debris into...

Work Party: Tuesday 4th January 2022

The first work party of 2022 started with a bit of confusion as several volunteers arrived at the scheduled location – the Riverside Resource Centre – only to discover that work had been moved to the Hidden Lock site! The photo shows the volunteers trudging gloomily southwards.   Normal service was soon resumed at the...