Chelmer & Blackwater Work Party

Issue date: 7th January 2013

The first weekend in December saw IWA Chelmsford Branch combine with Essex Waterway Recovery Group at Heybridge Basin on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation.

Twelve volunteers along with their equipment, made their way along the tow path or on-board the Buddy workboat, towards Wave Bridge to continue vegetation management that had been commenced on a previous work party.

The work involved brush cutters, hedge trimmers and a chainsaw (with qualified operative), as well as bonfires, to deal with encroaching bushes and bramble that had reduced the public bridleway to a narrow muddy track. The workboat was used to transport the scrub to the bonfire site.

A similar pattern of work was undertaken on both days, increasing the width of the bridleway so that the sun and breeze could help dry out the path. Good progress was made from Wave Bridge towards Heybridge Basin. The work is in cooperation with Essex County Council who has been carrying out improvements to this busy bridleway.

Throughout the weekend there were dozens of walkers passing the work site, all of whom complemented the volunteers on the improvements being made.