Issue date: 1st March 2013
Between 16th and 23th February, a group of around fifteen Waterway Recovery Group volunteers from all over the country came to work on a 500 metre stretch of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, Essex between Wave and Hall Bridges, at Heybridge.
The intention was to clear overgrown brambles and branches to open up and widen the available tow path to allow it to dry ahead of the local council resurfacing it. Work was also carried out to remove overhanging branches from the off-side of the navigation that were catching on passing boats.
The volunteers, some of whom were attending as part of their gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, received training in the safe use of tools, including petrol-powered brush cutters, and completed the task in good time to the appreciation of passing tow path users.
See photos of WRG volunteers in action
WRG has another 22 week-long working holidays, called 'Canal Camps' planned for 2013. The camps are a great experience for anyone who loves being outdoors and enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds and of different ages (18+). They offer volunteers a fantastic chance to learn new skills such as bricklaying; stone walling; machine operation and restoration techniques!
For more details go to the WRG website or call 01494 783 453 ext 604.