Summer of Canal Restoration26 September 2018
This summer, our Waterway Recovery Group has held 17 Canal Camps across 10 waterways. These holidays with a difference saw over 250 volunteers, restoring locks, building towpaths and preparing restoration sites.
Photo: Mon and Brec Canal by Ralph Mills
One of the big highlights included six weeks spent bringing the restoration of Inglesham Lock in the Cotswolds close to completion. At the start of the project the lock site by the Roundhouse in Lechlade was filled with rubbish and silt, with tree roots undermining the structure meaning that large areas needed to be rebuilt. This IWA led project to restore the gateway from the Thames to the Cotswold Canals has been eight years in the making and it's fantastic to see such good progress.
Photo: Inglesham Lock
Volunteers also spent a week on the Lichfield Canal for the first time in a number of years. The group worked on the towpath retaining wall at Fosseway Heath, which will be over 100 metres long when finished.
Probably the most unique project that we have supported this year is the uncovering of original canal artefacts during an archaeological dig at Ty Coch Locks on the Monmouthshire Canal near Torfaen. See what the volunteer teams uncovered here!
Although the majority of the Camps take place over the summer, a number continue through autumn and winter. If you're interested in any of these, just give us a call on 01494783453, or find out more below:
Wey & Arun Canal