PRESS RELEASE: Over 300 Volunteer Days Spent Restoring Inglesham Lock this Summer!

Issue date: 18th August 2014

From the 19th July - 9th August, The Inland Waterways Association’s (IWA) Waterway Recovery Group ran three weeks of Canal Camps at Inglesham Lock on the Cotswold Canals.  Volunteers from England, Wales, and as far away as Italy, made significant progress towards the restoration of the lock and contributed over 300 volunteer days to the project.  The work will allow for a full survey of the chamber to be undertaken by one of IWA’s Honorary Consultant Engineers, once the rest of the lock chamber has been cleared.

The work follows on from IWA’s fundraising appeal for Inglesham Lock, launched in 2010, which raised over £100,000 towards its restoration. The lock links the River Thames with the rest of the Cotswold Canals.

WRG and Kent and Essex Sussex Canal Restoration Group (KESCRG) volunteers cleared a large volume of silt and debris from around the wing walls, entrance to the lock and under the bridge, to allow for the stop plank grooves and damaged brickwork to be repaired. Once the grooves had been repaired, volunteers installed new stop planks and put in a sand bag dam as a second line of defence against the river Thames. In 2015 WRG hopes to run numerous Canal Camps to start restoration work in the lock chamber itself.

Canal Camps are unique week-long waterway restoration working holidays run by WRG on derelict waterways across England and Wales.

Bobby Silverwood, a volunteer from Oxfordshire said “I had a fantastic week at Inglesham Lock – plenty of mud, sunshine and laughter! We spent all week digging out silt by hand and eventually found the wooden cill (still intact) which was amazing! I’m looking forward to returning in 2015 and starting restoration work in the chamber.”

Click here to see photos from the Inglesham Canal Camps.