Restoration

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...

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...

Mynydd Y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund

Mynydd Y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund     The Society is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its application for a grant from the Mynydd Y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund. We have received £29,417 towards Phase One of the construction of the Clydach Canal Centre. The Centre will provide a...

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...

Clydach Canal Centre

Swansea Canal Society has purchased derelict premises in Clydach town centre to renovate as the “Clydach Canal Centre”. Swansea Canal Society has purchased the former builders’ merchant’s premises in Hebron Road, Clydach. A derelict eyesore will now be renovated and adapted so it can be used for a range of community activities. This purchase was...

Restoration Review by CRT [November 2020]

Check out a fascinating blog on the Swansea Canal from Katie, the Restoration Coordinator for the Canal & River Trust, Wales & South-West. Our wonderful volunteers are thrilled to be helping to restore this important waterway.  Click here to view in a new window.

Work Party Two: Tuesday 3rd December 2019

  WORK PARTY TWO OF TWO – BYWASH BRIDGING The second, smaller group of volunteers stayed in the Hidden Lock site to start on constructing a new crossing of the temporary by-wash. This is needed to provide safer, sturdier, easier vehicular access to the far side of the site. The first phase is to reinforce...

Work Party Tuesday 19th February 2019

Another very pleasant morning in mid-February and we were back on the canal at Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach. No fewer than twenty-four volunteers came out to lend a hand. It is so gratifying to see so many people freely giving of their time in this way. Volunteers Alan and Martin were busy preparing three...

Work Party Sunday 17th February 2019

This month we met up at Herbert Street Bridge, Pontardawe to spend a few hours sprucing up the canal in the area around the aqueduct. This section of the canal shows signs of neglect and so a few hours of work can make a significant difference. We had a marvellous turn-out with six volunteers along...

Work Party Tuesday 12th February 2019

A very pleasant morning in early February found Alan, Malcolm and David busy putting up a few more of Alan’s hand-crafted bijou family bird boxes in the Canal Society’s Nature Reserve in Coed Gwilym Park. The boxes have been successful in attracting robins and blue tits.   The rest of the work party moved up...

Work Party Tuesday 5th February 2019

This week we returned to Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach. The weather was rather mild with a touch of drizzle. An amazing twenty-four volunteers turned out and set to work on this, the first work party of February. The aim was to continue the repair and rebuilding of the canal bank just north of the...

Work Party Tuesday 29th January 2019

This week the weather caught up with us and the rain came down, but you can’t keep a good team down and fifteen eager volunteers set to work.  Volunteers Alan and Michelle headed up to Pontardawe to investigate a fallen tree in the canal. The photo shows the ivy-covered tree spanning the width of the...