Canal

Waterway Recovery Group – Week Two

Gordon Walker, Alan Tremlett and Martin Davies from the SCS joined the hard working volunteers of the Waterway Recovery Group on the final Thursday of their two week stay restoring Trebanos Lower Lock. They have made great strides relaying large coping stones along the lock wall as well as making vast improvements to the environs...

Work Party: Tuesday 20th September 2022

Today was a repeat of a fortnight ago at Trebanos Locks, with the Waterway Recovery Group working hard in the lower lock and the Society volunteers removing vegetation upstream of the locks. Unlike the first session, the weather was bright, warm and rain free. The first four photos show the WRG at work replacing the...

Waterway Recovery Group – Thursday 8th September 2022

The Waterway Recovery Group volunteers are with us for two weeks working on the Lower Lock at Trebanos. Martin visited them on the Thursday of the first week and recorded the excellent progress being made.     Andy and Sandy help load the SCS boat with large stones for coping the top course of the...

Work Party: Tuesday 13th September 2022

Today was warm and overcast but mercifully dry. The volunteers assembled in Pontardawe, with the majority continuing to clear the cut between Herbert Street bridge and the aqueduct, plus a handsome pair of splinter groups. Martin and Alan W took to “Nellie” to tackle an enormous buddleia overhanging the cut between the bridges. They also...

Work Party: Tuesday 6th September 2022

Today was a game of two halves at Trebanos Locks, with the Waterway Recovery Group working hard in the lower lock and the Society volunteers removing vegetation from above and below the locks. We also kept an anxious eye on the sky for the predicted thunderstorms that mercifully did not arrive, at least not before...

Work Party: Tuesday 30th August 2022

A glorious summer’s day saw over twenty volunteers on parade in Pontardawe. The main task was to clear vegetation from the cut between Herbert Street bridge and the aqueduct but first a splinter group of Andy and Sue cleared fallen branches blocking the towpath upstream from Bridge 7.     The hardest work was to...

Work Party: Tuesday 23rd August 2022

A warm, bright day saw the volunteers once again at Trebanos, this time concentrating on the lower lock. First up, and in no particular order, Sharon, Christina and Sue cleared yet more unwanted contents of the cut between the locks – mostly bricks and glass bottles as well as the usual rubbish.     Dave...

Work Party: Tuesday 16th August 2022

Today saw a return to much cooler conditions with a little very welcome drizzle. The volunteers assembled once more at Trebanos to continue with a multitude of tasks including balsam bashing, weed removal, etc., etc. Martin cut back vegetation from between the locks.     Dave trimmed back along the towpath. Rhys treated timbers.  ...

Work Party: Tuesday 9th August 2022

On a sun-filled morning with temperatures in the high twenties our volunteers met at the Upper Trebanos Lock to carry out several tasks. Gordon set up the winch and pulley on the side of the lock to assist in the recovery of the large stones that will be used by the Waterway Recovery Group when...

Work Party: Tuesday 2nd August 2022

A relatively small group of hardy volunteers turned out for the work party today at Pontardawe, on what was an extremely wet and miserable morning. The plan was to tackle the extensive weed bed that has almost taken over the section of canal between Herbert Street bridge and the Paradise Club. After a discussion on...

Work Party: Tuesday 26th July 2022

Today’s work party was based at Trebanos locks. Mercifully, the weather was considerably cooler than last week, with just a hint of drizzle in the air. The volunteers took on two tasks. The heaviest work of the day involved retrieving stone from the upper lock. Gordon built a fantastic pulley system that made relatively easy...

Work Party: Tuesday 19th July 2022

On a VERY hot day, the valiant band of volunteers took as much care as possible to wear hats, keep in the shade and take it easy as they set about tasks in and around the Swansea Canal Centre in Clydach. First up, Chris and Gill attempted to erect the gazebo that had collapsed in...