Water Recovery Group: Summer Events

Happy Volunteer’s Week!

The sun is shining (well it is in the west of the country anyway!) and it’s nearly time for the start of WRG’sSummer Canal Camps. We still have a few spaces left so now’s your chance to book your summer holiday with a difference … spend a week restoring a lock chamber, rebuilding a bridge or learning new heritage skills for only £63.

Learning heritage skills on the Mon and Brec

Volunteers will be spending two weeks supporting the Mon and Brec Regeneration Partnership  restoration efforts on the TY Coch Lock Flight. Using heritage construction skills, volunteers will repoint sections of the locks and carry out stonework repairs. Volunteers will also help carry out various landscaping activities and habitat creation, including the construction of a new public picnic site at Ty Coch.

9th-16th July run by Steve Harmes and Chris Colborne. Book Now.

Bricklaying on the Grantham Canal

Fancy taking on the challenge of a restoring a lock that’s missing its chamber walls? Then WRG needs your help! WRG is playing a key role in the restoration of Locks 14 and 15 on the Grantham Canal, part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Grantham Canal Heritage Initiative. This summer volunteers are helping to rebuild lock 15 – so there will be plenty of brick and block laying to do! Located in the Vale of Belvoir this is a beautiful place to spend a week during the summer!

3rd-9th July run by Emma Greenall and Pete Fleming. Book Now.
9th-16th July run by Nick Swift and Martin Carrick. Book Now.
23rd-30th July run by Mike Palmer and Becky Par. Book Now.

Sunny week in Sellyoak … on the Lapal Canal

Ok maybe we can’t promise sunshine but these camps will give you a chance get involved right at the start of the restoration. After two years sorting planning and permissions the Lapal Canal Camps are running this summer and we need your help! Situated just two miles from the heart of Birmingham and close to the lovely Selly Oak Park, this camp will undertake a challenging rebuild of the canal wall. Week 1 will also involve the use of small excavators (and the chance to get trained up on them as well!).

30th July-6th August run by Ian Gaston and Emma Nurton. Book Now.
6th-13th August run by Harry Watts and Alex Melson. Book Now.

Building Bridges on the Ashby Canal

WRG are back on the Ashby Canal this summer completing work started in 2015 on Bridge 41 (Jackson’s Bridge). This bridge is on the navigable length of the canal and volunteers will be involved in repointing, repairing and replacing damaged brickwork on the historic brick arch bridge. There will also be other work included towpath repairs and bank protection.

6th-13th August run by Bob Crow and Bob Coles. Book Now.

… And lastly a huge thank you to everyone who has campaigned, chaired, rebuilt locks, dug canals, cleaned, cleared, litter picked, painted, cooked, organised, edited, designed, raised funds, taken on a challenge, represented IWA/WRG and more to help protect and restore our wonderful waterways. We asked some of our fantastic volunteers why they get involved…Why do you Volunteer Video?#Waterwaysfamily

Also if you can’t wait until the summer watch our *NEW* Canal Camps Health & Safety Video