WRG Volunteers to Help Restore Bridges 79 & 80 on the North Oxford Canal

Issue date: 4th October 2012

Volunteers from IWA's Waterway Recovery Group will be working alongside the Canal and River Trust to help restore two historic accommodation bridges on the North Oxford Canal near Barby, Northamptonshire from the 5th-15th October. Bridges 79 and 80, built back in the 1770s, have slowly fallen into a state of disrepair and WRG volunteers hope to use their heritage restoration skills to restore these bridges back to their former glory. The main aim of this project is to improve working relations with the Canal and River Trust, and develop a suitable framework allowing other volunteers to work on more technical projects with the Trust in the future and demonstrate what volunteers can do. At the end of the project the Trust and WRG will work together to create the handbook ‘Volunteers Guide to Bridge Restoration ‘so that other volunteers can take on similar projects in their local area.

On Friday 5th October, WRG Volunteers will take over from contractors, May Gurney, who have been working to stabilise the bridges, and for the next 10 days 14 volunteers will spend time repairing damaged brickwork, repointing joints and reinstating coping stones.

For more details or to arrange a site visit please contact Jenny Black jenny.black@waterways.org.uk or call 01494 783 453 ext 604.