Canal

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...

Canoes and Ducks, 16th May 2021

The Sunday canoe hire started with driving rain and dark clouds. Then this happened: Mother duck bringing up the rear as her eight ducklings were out swimming. As a dog entered the canal, she rounded them up into the off bank. {Sorry for the less than fantastic photo.} The new buoyancy aids have arrived. The...

Waterway Recovery Group Visit, 15th May 2021

We were delighted to welcome Mikk Bradley, Martin Danks and Bev Williams from the Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) to the Swansea Canal. They were there to inspect the accommodation in Ynyscedwyn and the work site at Trebanos Lock prior to any possible Work Camp being held on the canal in September. Of course this will...

Work Party: Tuesday 11th May 2021

Today the whole team met up at the canal near to the Riverside Community Space. This was the first time since lockdown that everyone met to work in one place, although we careful to observe social distancing. The weather was grim to start with, as can be seen in the first two photos, but soon...

Work Party: Tuesday 27th April 2021

A cool but sunny day saw volunteering post-lockdown change up a gear, with two, larger work parties in action. Both groups comprised fewer than 30 people and social distancing was observed. Coed Gwilym Park Alan, Gareth The Elder and John G brought the completed skiff, “The Alan Laws”, kindly donated to the Society by the...

Iâr Ddŵr (Moorhen)

Iâr Ddŵr (Moorhen) This is another article from Dewi Lewis, this time about the moorhen. Dewi discusses the problems of pollution and in particular plastics. He describes how plastics are causing problems from a global scale to locally and how even the moorhen in our canal use pieces of plastic in their nests.    ...

Work Party: Tuesday 20th April 2021

Today was beautifully sunny and mild, with not a drop of rain in sight. Most of the work was in and around the Hidden Lock site. Martin embarked on the mammoth task of weeding the garden. Alan T made a stone step in the wall for ease of access and continued to lay the coping...

Work Party: Tuesday 13th April 2021

On this bright and sunny morning, the volunteers sorted themselves into small groups and headed off to various points along the canal. Clydach Canal Centre Gordon arrived early to start the bonfire while Martin cleared the litter and old roots from the front of the building. All the roots are now being burned inside the...

Work Parties: Tuesday 6th April 2021

The cold and snow did not deter our volunteers this morning. As for last week, they worked in small groups following the rule of “no more than six people from two households”. Five teams set to with gusto. Martin wrote his report in Welsh as well as English. Cleaning the Clydach Canal Centre / Glanhau...