Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation Canal Camp 2020

Chelmer & Blackwater

Location: Chelmsford, Essex

Activities: Vegetation Clearance, Carpentry, Joinery, Maintanance

Summary: The Chelmer & Blackwater navigation is an unsung gem, running through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex, connecting Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge Basin. To help maintain this beautiful waterway, volunteers on the February Canal Camp will help clear overgrown vegetation from the towpath to keep this popular route open for all waterway users. In Summer volunteers will undertake a technical carpentry and joinery job to restore a widely used bridge over where the Chelmer meets the Blackwater at Beeleigh Weir. The bridge is  25m long and the hand rails are reaching the end of their lifecycle, the rails will be replaced using timber and volunteers will also work on preserving the bridge long into the future. There will also be a number of other jobs to help maintain the navigation.

Camp code   Dates   Leadership Team  Cook 
CC202014 15th - 22nd August TBC TBC

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Where is it? Heybridge Basin, Maldon, near Chelmsford, Essex. The Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation is an unsung gem – relished by the people of Essex but comparatively little known among the wider canal community. Running for 14 miles from Chelmsford to the sea Heybridge Basin this rural waterway is the place to be for break away from urban life.

What is the work for the camps? This winter volunteers will be undertaking vegetation clearance to keep this hugely popular walking route open to the public. The work will bring volunteers to different areas across the navigation, so you'll get to know this beautiful part of Essex like the back of your hand. In Summer volunteers will undertake a technical carpentry and joinery job to restore a widely used bridge over where the Chelmer meets the Blackwater at Beeleigh Weir. The bridge is is 25m long and the hand rails are reaching the end of their lifecycle, the rails will be replaced using timber and volunteers will also work on preserving the bridge long into the future. There will also be a number of other jobs to help maintain the navigation.

Why is important? Over 10 years of focus and investment can make an amazing difference to a waterway. Since IWA’s subsidiary, Essex Waterways, took over the running of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, the once run down Navigation has been transformed. Now saved from dereliction volunteers will help ensure this waterway is safe for future generations. 

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What skills are needed? No skills necessary - our leader and assistant will guide you through every task! 

Accomodation: Coggeshall Scout Hut,

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