Volunteers in Action – Start of Waterway Recovery Groups Summer Canal Camps

Issue date: 3rd July 2013

With the sun shining and the temperatures rising, 40 volunteers met up on Saturday to participate in the first of WRG’s summer Canal Camps. WRG runs over 25 week-long working holidays each year to help restore the derelict canals of England and Wales, with around 15 camps running through the summer months. Currently 22 volunteers are spending the week working on the Wey and Arun Canal, helping to create a 1km disabled access footpath and viewing area alongside Cranleigh Waters. Another 18 volunteers are working on the Cotswold Canals assisting the Cotswold Canals Trust with restoration work on Griffin Mill and Ham Mill Locks. During the week volunteers will learn how to bricklay, repair towpaths and construct a temporary dam - all of which will allow further restoration work to be carried out later on in the summer. Next week sees a new set of volunteers restoring the wharf walls of a derelict Pumping Station on the Wendover Arm, Grand Union Canal and another group finishing construction work on Steppingstone Bridge on the Wilts & Berks Canal.

WRG still has a few places left on their summer camps on the Monmouthshire Canal (24th-31st August) and Swansea Canal (31st August – 7th September).
For more details about WRG activities email jenny.black@waterways.org.uk or call 01494 783 453 ext 604