Derby Canal Camps 2020

Borrowash Bottom Lock

Location: Derbyshire

Activities: Lock restoration

Summary: The Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust is dedicated to restoring the Derby canal, which connects the Trent & Mersey Canal at Swarkeston to the Erewash at Sandiacre. This summer, volunteers will continue the work from the previous two years at Borrowash Bottom Lock uncovering and rebuilding the original stonewalls above and below the lock chamber and working at Sandiacre Lock to rebuild the upper gate area using brickwork. This camp offers a great opportunity for volunteers to learn heritage restoration skills and bricklaying.

Camp Code 
Date  Leadership Team  Cook 
CC202008 25th July - 1st August  Colin Hobbs & Dave Burdett Ann-Marie Burdett


Where is it? The Derby Canal is 15 miles (24.1km), volunteers will be working at Borrowash Bottom Lock. Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust supported by Derby and Sandiacre Canal Society plans to restore the Canal via a new connection from the Trent & Mersey at Swarkestone along the original line to Wilmorton. 

What is the work for the camps?  This summer volunteers will be working at the partially restored Borrowash Bottom Lock and Sandiacre Lock undertaking technical restoration work rebuilding the stone gate recesses and wing walls a. Hopefully by the end of 2020 the locks will be restored forming a focal point for the restoration, demonstrating what volunteers can do.

Why is important?  In recent years restoration work has gathered momentum with support from a highly motivated group of local volunteers and whilst the canal land was originally gifted to the local Councils when it was abandoned they have agreed to transfer it back to the Trust for canal restoration.

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

Accomodation: West Hallam Village Hall, 9 The Village, West Hallam Derbyshire, DE7 6GR