15th October 2012
Members of IWA’s Chiltern Branch took part in a Canal & River Trust lock painting marathon on Saturday 29th September. IWA members joined members of other local organisations for a briefing session before setting out in different groups to paint three locks on the Aylesbury Arm. There were about 35 people in total, from various local groups, including children who enjoyed joining in.
Volunteers were all issued with protective overalls, gloves and lifejackets, if they were working near the lockside. Four hours later, after preparing all the surfaces and applying lots of paint, all three locks were looking really smart and wet paint notices were put on to warn boats using the locks. All the equipment, paint, planning and organisation was provided by CRT.
7th August 2012
Volunteers from IWA Chiltern Branch have helped control the spread of Himalayan Balsam by spending a day clearing the plant from a Grand Union side pond.
A productive morning’s work on Saturday 4th August saw eight IWA volunteers, accompanied by Garry Timberlake, the volunteer co-ordinator from the Canal & River Trust, clear the side pond at Lock 44 on the Marsworth flight of all visible Himalayan Balsam. Some of the plants were over 2 metres tall and had grown substantially since an initial site visit at the end of June. All the weed was removed from the site and the amount shown on the transit in the photograph belies the amount removed as it had been crushed down for transportation along the towpath.
Branch representatives, along with Garry from CRT, will monitor the situation over the rest of this summer and next year to see whether they have managed to eliminate the plant or whether further removal is required in this area.
Group Photo shows IWA Chiltern Branch members with Garry Timberlake, CRT Volunteer Co-ordinator - from left to right: Hillary Winter, John Brice, Lyn Horridge, Carolyn Leonard, Garry Timberlake, Brian Horridge, Brian Harris, Peter Winter. Photo taken by Frank Trumble.
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