Issue date: 1st November 2012
The third work party on the Cheshire Lock flight of the Trent and Mersey Canal took place on Saturday 20th October. It was a lovely autumnal day, cool and clear when volunteers met at Lock 53 near Rode Heath, but soon the sun warmed the air and it turned into a lovely day. Excellent progress was made continuing the work started at this lock on the previous work party. The lock gate painting was completed together with mooring bollards and most of the significant amount of railing was given an undercoat and top coat.
Several of the team continued vegetation clearance and weeding edges, paths and steps. A small amount of finishing off remains for the next work party on Tuesday 20th November, before moving on to Bridge 140 and Lock 52.
Volunteers can turn up just for the morning or the afternoon, or come for the whole day and bring a packed lunch. All tools will be provided – you just need to wear old clothes and stout shoes and bring waterproofs in case of rain. Future tasks will include vegetation clearance from walls and bridges, removing weeds and grass from cobble setts and painting handrails, balance beams and bollards. These work parties are organised by IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch, in partnership with the Trent & Mersey Canal Society and the Canal & River Trust.