Cotswold Canals Camps 2019

Weymoor Bridge

Location: Wiltshire

Activities: Bridge Construction and plant operation

Summary: In an area of outstanding natural beauty, restoration of the Cotswold Canals is one of the largest projects in the UK. Nearing the final phases of the Weymoor Bridge project, the Cotswold Canals Trust is looking to WRG volunteers to help give the project a push towards completion. This Easter volunteers will construct the erosion control gabions and complete take part in rebuilding the retaining walls under the bridge.

During the summer, selected experienced machine operator / technical volunteer camps will put their acquired machine skills to use, working on laying the bridge approach, kerbs, road surfacing and landscaping to site.  Expressions of interest from experienced machine operators and civil engineering experienced volunteers would be welcome.

Dates Leadership Team Cook
19th - 27th April David Evans & Maggie Eaton Derek Eaton
3rd - 10th August Martin Thompson & MK2 TBC
10th - 17th August Martin Thompson & MK2 TBC

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Where is it? Latton is on the border between Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, located in the Cotswolds area of natural beauty.  The Cotswold Canals runs for 36 miles (57km), with 56 locks on route, connecting the River Severn with the River Thames. Closed between 1927 - 1946, much of the system remains unconnected or in dis-repair.

What is the work for the camps?  Volunteers attending the Easter Camp will work as a team to construct gabion cages, in order prevent the effect of eriosion on the bridge structure once completed. Alongside this volunteers will also have the opportunity to rebuild the towpath retaining wall, which will allow future users to walk alongside the bridge and under the bridge.

Experienced volunteers attending the two summer camps will have the opportunity to use a large variety of machines to complete landscaping and construct the bridge approach for vehicular access. Machines on offer will be excavators, dumpers, rollers and other assorted site tools.

Although the summer Canal Camps will not be available to less experienced volunteers, WRG offers the opportunity to train volunteers thoughout many of our Canal Camps, and our annual training weekend. If you are looking to gain experience or learn a new skill let us know and we will see what we can do!

Why is it important? Weymoor Bridge once carried a bridleway over the Thames and Severn Canal and on to Latton Basin. The bridge-arch was levelled and replaced by a causeway in the early 1950’s. Volunteers are needed to construct a new brick built bridge to replace the long since demolished Weymoor Bridge. Rebuilding the bridge and removing the obstruction from the canal, will allow volunteers to continue with digging out the line of the canal. At this camp, Waterway Recovery Group is working with Cotswold Canals Trust. 

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

Accomodation: Kempsford Village Hall, Kempsford, Fairford, GL7 4EY

Price: £70 includes food and accomodation for the week, and plenty of tea and cake. 

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