Restoration

THE WEEK AHEAD:13TH TO 19TH AUGUST 2017

SUNDAY 13TH: Canoe and Kayak hire at Coed Gwilym Park Canoe store. Canadian Canoes £7, Double sit on tops Kayaks £5, single kayaks £4. Rafts  £10. First hire 10.30am, last hire 2.30pm. For full terms and conditions see  ‘Canoe Hire’ on this website. TUESDAY 15th: Canoe and Kayak hire from Coed Gwilym Park (as above)....

DREDGING THE SWANSEA CANAL.

The Swansea Canal should be a premier visitor destination. Swansea Canal Society is applying for Welsh Government funding to regenerate the canal between Clydach and Trebanos. SCS volunteers are already repairing the historic structures along the waterway. If our application to the Rural Communities Development Fund is approved, contractors will dredge the water channel under...

Work Parties 25.7.17

    Our volunteer numbers were increased today by the help we were given by the Day Service Centre, West Cross. They spent the early part of the morning clearing the vegetation and litter from the Old Highways Depot in Clydach. They then joined us for tea and cakes at the Canoe Store where we had...

WRG : Shuttering and Coping

Up by the Pontardawe Playing Fields north of Upper Trebanos Lock,  Gordon has fixed shuttering on top of the sand bags already laid by the Tuesday work parties in the weeks before the WRG summer camp began.  This left the very satisfying job of laying the final coping stones to our very enthustatic volunteers. Here...

THE CANAL BENEATH OUR FEET (15): THIS WEEK’S WORK IN PICTURES.

THE TRACTOR AND TRAILER AT WORK MOVING RECYLED CONCRETE BLOCKS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW  RETAINING WALL. ANDY’S DOG SUPERVISING.    (LEFT):  DAVID TAKING A REST FROM LAYING THE BLOCKS OF THE NEW WALL.      (RIGHT): GARETH  AND GORDON ADDING HARD CORE  AS IN-  FILL BEHIND THE NEW WALL.  ALL RUBBLE WAS TAKEN FROM...

The Week Ahead: 16th July to 23rd July

  Sunday 16th July: Canoe and Kayak hire from the canoe store in Coed Gwilym Park. First hire 10.30am, last hire 2.30pm. Canadian canoes, £7; doouble sit on tip kayaks, £5; single sit on top kayaks £4. One mile of tree-lined canal to paddle. For full termas and conditions see under  ‘Canoe Hire’ on the...

The Canal Beneath our Feet (14): In the Heat of the Day; 6th July ’17.

Gordon and Gareth risked being spontaneously combusted as they continued preparing the ground for the contractors to build a new towpath through the Old Highways Depot in Pontardawe Road. It is rare to get a shot of Gareth’s bare torso and it was only after he put on his factor 50 Malibu Sunscreen  that he...

The Canal Beneath Our Feet (13): THE RAMPED RETAINING WALL: 29.6.17.

While the contractors  who are demolishing the building over the buried lock have been away on other work, Gordon, Gareth the Elder, and Gareth the Younger, have been busy doing preparatory work for the new towpath and cycle path. The brieze block rubble from the demolished building can be used to build a retaining wall...

The Canal Beneath Our Feet: Gable End Down 18.6.17.

    Only the wall of the building on the St. Benedict’s Church side still stands (photo left) and the gable end which covered part of the buried lock is now completely gone (along with the roof, of course). The slabs covering the buried lock are immediately behind the Heras fencing in the foreground.    ...

The Canal Beneath our Feet: (11) After the Storm: 14.6.17.

    Michelle has been back to the Old Highways Depot to record the fantastic demolition work that Mr. Thomas and his workers have done. No sign of them at the time she took these photos but talk about considerate builders! Everything has been left tidy and neat. The roof is half off the old work...

The Canal Beneath our Feet (10). Demolition Underway. 11. 6.17

   The heavy plant has arrived. Our wonderful contractors moved into the Old Highways depot, Pontardawe Road, today and have begun the demolition of the framework of the building that was built over the buried lock in the mid seventies. A lot of the interior fittings have already been removed by Gordon and Gareth as...

Work Party : Sunday 11th June

There was another successful working party today.  This time  they cleared fly tipping about 200 metres north of bridge number 7,  on the offside bank. Unfortuneately, all of the rubbish was not removed due to lack of time, but an improvement has been made, and at a later time we will go back to continue...