We are continuing to look for volunteers for our Canoe Hire Project and the Sunday and Tuesday work parties. We have been fortunate in gaining some new volunteers from our kayak and canoe customers, but we can always do with more for a variety of tasks. All volunteers are welcome to join us in a range of capacities to suit all abilities.
We are glad to report that Whitehorns Day Centre continues to join the work parties on Tuesday with the service users and their support workers.
Waterway Recovery Group
The Waterway Recovery Group visited us once more in 2018, working on the Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock by-wash and the Trebanos Locks. This work continues and we will be hosting a further camp in August 2019 at Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock. After the COVID pandemic, the WRG returned to Trebanos Lower Lock in 2022.
Opening the piped sections at the old Highways Depot and Trebanos Playing Fields is a priority for us, and discussions are taking place whenever possible to pursue this goal. The City and County of Swansea have now generously donated the route of the canal through the Old Highways Depot to the Swansea Canal Society. Our first aim was to restore the towpath there and this has now been done. It is part of Sustrans National Cycle Route 43. The major project to reveal and restore the Buried Lock commenced in 2023. We also hope to achieve opening the piped section between Pontardawe and Trebanos.
Linking the Swansea Canal and the Neath and Tennant Canals.
It continues to be a long term aim of the society to link up these three canals to enable a stretch of over 35 miles of canal to be navigable. We try to ensure that any section of the old canal that can be reinstated is not threatened by building plans, which would prevent restoration.
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