Where is it? Working in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, the Grantham Canal runs for 33 miles (53 km) from Grantham, falling through 18 locks to West Bridgford where it joins the River Trent. It was built primarily to allow for the transportation of coal to Grantham. It opened in 1797, and its profitability steadily increased until 1841.
What is the work for the camps? With the restoration of Lock 15 nearly complete WRG volunteers will be turning their attentions to Lock 14. Volunteers will help establish the new site compound, dismantle the offside lock wall as well as clearing debris from the lock chamber. Once the chamber wall has been dismantled volunteers will start rebuilding work – creating new concrete foundations and constructing the new wall with bricks and blocks.
Why is it important? WRG is supporting Canal & River Trust’s and Grantham Canal Society’s successful HLF bid to restore locks 14 and 15. The emphasis of the bid is to undertake restoration work using volunteers and allow people to learn waterway heritage construction skills. Over the past two years WRG volunteers have spent 1100 volunteer days helping restore Lock 15. With excellent local support and the opportunity to learn skills, these will be popular camps!
What skills are needed? No skills necessary - our leader and assistant will guide you through every task!
When is the Canal Camp?
Saturday 20th - Saturday 27th October 2018