Derby Canal Camps 2019

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 2018 uncovering and rebuilding the original stonewalls above and below the lock chamber. This camp offers a great opportunity for volunteers to learn heritage restoration skills.

Camp Code 
Date  Leadership Team  Cook 
CC201910 20th - 27th July   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 Trustsupported 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 undertaking technical restoration work – from reinstating the coping stones to rebuilding the stone gate recesses and wing walls. Hopefully by the end of 2019 the lock 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