Work starts on the ‘Gateway to the Cotswold Canals’ – Inglesham Lock

Issue date: 10th August 2011

Sunday 14th August will see the start of three week-long Waterway Recovery Group working holidays called ‘Canal Camps’ working towards to the restoration of Inglesham Lock on the Cotswold Canals at Lechlade, Gloucestershire.

From 14th August until 3rd September over 60 volunteers, aged between 18 and 70, will work on restoring the lock using heritage restoration techniques. Inglesham Lock is often seen as the gateway to the Cotswold canals restoration, and is an iconic structure. The Waterway Recovery Group and its parent body IWA are keen to get it open and create a usable link to the network. IWA is in the process of raising £125,000 to enable volunteers to restore and re-commission this iconic structure just off the river Thames at Lechlade.

Work will include construction of a site compound, clearing vegetation, and removing damaged brickwork. Volunteers will also start rebuilding the upper wing walls of the lock and the bywash culvert. It’s a totally unique volunteering opportunity and participants can learn loads of new skills to impress future employers, as well as the chance to be part of the team that really make a huge difference to the waterways.

These camps give volunteers the opportunity to get their hands dirty right at the start of an exciting project.

See more details about the Inglesham Lock Restoration Appeal.

For further information please contact:
Jenny Black (Volunteers Coordinator) Tel:01494 783 453 ext 604