Issue date: 7th December 2012
IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch, in partnership with the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust, held the first of a monthly mid-week work party on Thursday 8th November. Volunteers met at Froghall, and carried out vegetation clearance including cutting branches overhanging the towpath, strimming, and clearing leaves and weeds from steps and pathways. The fence around the boater’s rubbish disposal area was also painted, and by the end of the day the area around Froghall Basin, and the towpath as far as the tunnel, looked much smarter.
The plan is to have a further work party at Froghall in March, to spruce it up ready for the spring and summer. It is intended that the pattern of an autumn and spring work party day at Froghall will become an annual feature of the monthly mid week work parties, which will take place on the second Thursday of each month throughout the year. The next work party, on Thursday 13th December, will be vegetation clearance on the Leek Arm. Future tasks over the winter are likely to include hedge laying.