WRG Volunteers Spring into Action15 April 2015
IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) has had a busy start to 2015 organising several weekend digs and running three week-long Canal Camps, restoring canals.
During February and March, WRG volunteers spent a total of 1028 volunteer hours supporting Grantham Canal Society and Canal & River Trust’s Heritage Lottery Funded project to restore locks 14 and 15 on the Grantham Canal. WRG’s Forestry team spent three days felling trees and clearing vegetation around Lock 15 to enable restoration work to start and WRG’s Regional Group, ‘Bit in the Middle’, ran a plant training weekend for Grantham Canal Society volunteers on small excavators and dumpers. WRG will be back on the Grantham Canal again in the summer, running three week-long Canal Camps from the 22nd August to 12th September. These camps are intended to start restoration work on the nearside chamber wall of Lock 15, as well as putting in clay dams and water control measures so other work can start.
In April, WRG made progress at Bowbridge Lock on the Cotswold Canals. Over the Easter holidays, 50 volunteers spent two weeks working on the lock restoration. This summer WRG has six week-long Canal Camps planned, to help ensure the lock is fully functioning by the end of 2015.
WRG’s volunteers continue to be hard at work throughout the rest of April, and over the weekend of 18th to 19th April, sixty volunteers will be supporting the annual Birmingham Canal Navigations Cleanup. The volunteers plan to clear the canal on the BCN Old Main Line at Smethwick Junction and surrounding locks.
More information on the activities WRG has for the rest of 2015 are available at WRG’s website.
Photo: WRG volunteer at Bowbridge Lock on the Cotswold Canals (photo by Bob Coles)