Restoration

THE CANAL BENEATH OUR FEET: (6) WALLS, GATES AND WOOD: 21.3.17

   Walls and confers came a’tumbling down today in the depot.          On the left, the large gap in the southern wall shows the progress made by Gordon and his angle grinder as we congregate to admire his work.       On the right, David moves felled conifers away from the site of the...

The Week Ahead: 20th March to 26th March 2017

Tuesday 21st March: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe between 8.00 and 9.00am. We will start work at 9.30 in the depot in Pontardawe Road where a number of jobs need doing:- 1. Remove the metal fencing on top of the wall which is to be demolished at the southern end of the depot. 2....

THE CANAL BENEATH OUR FEET (5): NEW LIFE IN THE OLD DEPOT:7.3.17

All the left over bags from the Old Depot’s previous life are stored on top of what will be the route of the new towpath. The quicker they are moved, the better for us and the contractors. We had the men, we had the muscle and and we had the wheelbarrows, so we began, in...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 6TH MARCH TO 12TH MARCH 2017.

Tuesday 7th March: Work party meets in Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach, between 8.000 and 9.00am. Work starts in our new depot, Pontardawe Road, Clydach where we will be doing preparatory work prior to the demolition of the building over the buried lock. From 13.00 we will be joined by 3 members of the staff...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 20TH FEBRUARY TO 26TH FEBRUARY 2017

                                                                                          St Benedict’s Church, Clydach Tuesday: 21st February: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe, HighStreet, Clydach between 8.00am  and 9.00am.  Work starts at 9.30 in the car park of St. Benedict’s Church, Pontardawe Road, Clydach.  Fr. Henry Nevin and the church authoritities have generously agreed to allow us to remove a couple of sections...

THE TANK IS OUR WORK HORSE: THE CLYDACH POUND CLEARED, 7.2.17.

Our flat-bottomed, electric-powered boat, affectionately labelled ‘The Tank’ has vastly increased the speed at which we can clear invasive weeds and reeds. We have been working from Clydach Aqueduct to Clydach Lock for four weeks now, gradually building up large piles of grass and weeds which were choking the channel. Having left them on the...

The Canal Beneath Our Feet: Work on the Clydach Depot 7.2.17

                 Not too much work, actually, but we did a bit of prep anyway. Until the mains utilties are isolated from the building to be demolished and we have delivery of the HERAS security fencing, and we know  when the demolition firm are ready to go, we can but tinker. Here Gordon, Gareth and Toby...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 6TH FEBRUARY TO 12TH FEBRUARY 2017

Tuesday 7th of February: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach, between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts below Clydach Lock removing all the vegetation we dredged out of the canal over the past four weeks.

THE CANAL BENEATH OUR FEET: WORK ON THE CLYDACH DEPOT (DAY ONE)

This building is built on top of a lock on the Swansea Canal. It was buried along with 100 metres of the canal in 1973. Now  that  the site has been given to the SCS by the City and County of Swansea,  both our Society and the Canal and River Trust are determined to restore...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 30TH JANUARY TO 5TH FEBRUARY 2017

Tuesday 31st January: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts at 9.15  just south of Clydach Lock behind Clydach Police Station. We will be clearing the channel of invasive weeds and litter. This should be the last week of this particular project. Gordon and Toby will be...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 16TH JANUARY 2017 TO 22ND JANUARY.

TUESDAY 17TH JANUARY 2017: Work Party meets at Brownsters cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts from Clydach Aqueduct northwards from 9.15am. We will be clearing the banks of weeds, pruning the buddleias on the embankments and using the Aquapeche boat to remove invasive weeds from the centre of the channel. SWANSEA...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 8TH JANUARY TO 14TH JANUARY 2017

  TUESDAY 10TH JANUARY:  Work Party meets at Brownsters cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work commences at Clydach Aqueduct at 9.30 on clearing the build-up of weeds which is choking the channel  between Pont John bridge and The Mond Lock. NB:  BY 12.30 WE NEED TO  MOVE TO THE OLD HIGHWAYS DEPOT,...