Volunteering on the Swansea Canal

Issue date: 17th September 2013

Eighteen Waterway Recovery Group volunteers, working alongside the Swansea Canal Society and Canal & River Trust, spent a week at the beginning of September helping to restore a section of the historic Swansea Canal as part of a long-term project to bring the full length of the waterway back into use for boats. Whilst much of the original canal has been in-filled and associated industries have disappeared, the Swansea Canal remains an attractive wildlife corridor with around five miles still in water between Clydach and Ynysmeudwy. The long term aim of Swansea Canal Society is to recreate a  navigable link along the Swansea Canal into the River Tawe and from there to join up  with the Neath and Tennant Canals.

Over the week volunteers gave Lower and Upper Trebanos Locks a revamp, with work including the rebuilding canal-side walls, repointing damaged stonework, construction of bank protection and clearing of vegetation and debris from the locks. It is hoped that after the small steps taken this week by WRG, Swansea Canal Society will prevent further deterioration of the locks and act as the building blocks of this restoration project.

Take a look at the WRG Photo Gallery to see what the volunteers got up to during the camp.