WRG Volunteers' Contribution Celebrated23 October 2013
Waterway Recovery Group volunteers were invited to join Canal & River Trust, Dorothy Thornhill (Mayor of Watford), Herts County councillors and Three Rivers councillors in celebrating the reopening of Lady Capel’s Bridge and three miles of new towpath along the Grand Union Canal from Cassiobury Park, Watford to Hunton Bridge.
Over the summer WRG volunteers spent a total of 287.5 hours bringing the Grade II listed Lady Capel’s bridge back to its former glory. Before WRG’s big volunteer effort could start, a team from the Canal & River Trust removed the old paintwork. WRG volunteers then removed the damaged brickwork, cleared out the joints and carefully repointed the brickwork. The volunteers then repainted the entire bridge using a specialist white paint – which required three coats!
Jenny Black, from Waterway Recovery Group, said: “We had a great time helping restore this iconic bridge during IWA’s National Waterways Festival in Watford. Thanks must go to all the volunteers involved in the project who spent hours carefully repainting the bridge and carrying out repairs. We hope to continue to build on our good relationship with the Canal & River Trust and it’s great that they have acknowledged the skill and enthusiasm of our volunteers on this project!’
See photos from the bridge restoration project.