Although a lot of hours of work have been put in at the Tamworth Road site over this period, there is little to report in the way of progress. It is a case of ongoing work rather than goals achieved. The wet weather is still causing us problems...
This Wednesday Tom Hogan brought his tree chipper to Darnford Park again and with a large enthusiastic group of our volunteers set about reducing the brash from earlier forestry clearance work to wood chips.
I have been on holiday for ten days at the beginning of February, getting some much needed winter sun. So this report is basically in two halves, before and during this holiday period, and I'm sorry it's late.
The Festive Season is now well over and drifting into the distant past. We've had a long break from working on the canal, (those of us who usually work down at Tamworth Road any way), and it's nice to get back to working again.
The A51 approach has become a 'no go' area, a sea of mud. However, to keep the job going we have had to do some serious 'mud wallowing'.
See also The Grounds and Green Team Autumn Report.
The big news of this blog is that the missing sections
of the penstock have been replaced.
+ Green Team and Corporate volunteers at Summerhill
Darnford Park, the penstock, and cutting up the Big Pipe sections.
+ Darnford Park Training Day
+ Summerhill Progress Report
At last we have completed the concrete reinforcing half way up the left hand canal bank batter, which is lined with Concrete Canvas.Read More
The top story of this blog has got to be the working of the clay in the winding hole. A 13 tonne JCB digger had been offered to us on free loan for a long weekend.Read More
And that finishes the base. There is still a lot of concreting to do in reinforcing the canal bank batter. But although time consuming this is not such a slog that the canal base proved to be.Read More
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