Places left on Waterway Recovery Group 2018 Family Camps29 June 2018
Family orientated canal volunteering weekends have returned for their second year with the first of three weekends organised by Waterway Recovery Group taking place. The first WRG family camp of the year was hosted by the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust on the Uttoxeter Canal over the weekend of 9th & 10th June.
Five families took part, with a total of seven children ranging in age from 8 to 13, accompanied by their parents or grandparents. Work, which was based around the Crumpwood area of the Canal, near Denstone in Staffordshire, included vegetation clearance, building and installing bird boxes, clearing invasive Himalayan balsam (with a competition for the best sculpture made out of it), a nature walk to carry out a survey of wildlife in the area, and installing some bollards alongside Carringtons Lock.
The family camp was funded by a grant of £2000 from Tesco's Bags of Help Scheme, following the residents of Uttoxeter voting for the project earlier in the year. Accommodation for the weekend was at Smallwood Manor, a former boarding school south of Uttoxeter, where the Saturday evening saw families enjoying a sociable barbecue.
There are still spaces available on the remaining two Family Camps for 2018. These will take place on the Grantham Canal from 17th to 19th August, where families will be camping, and on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation from 31st August to 2nd September where the accommodation will be on board the Haybay barge.
Find out more about Family Canal Camps.