You can never be sure when the weather is going to catch you out. Since my last blog the team had been making great progress in Pound 25. We got to the situation at the weekend of 13/14 May when a large area of the pound's base had been prepared for concrete. Now, as you can imagine, mixing, transporting, laying and finishing a large pad of concrete is hard work, even with a good turnout of volunteers.
This month has seen dramatic improvements to the Summerhill stretch of canal. Work began with us identifying the line of the old towpath at the Boat Inn end and the embankment was scraped down and the hedge was trimmed.
It's a case in this blog of either being encouraged by the progress made during the recent fine weather, or down-hearted by our failure to get the big pipe removed out of pound 25.
Also includes a Summerhill Update.
This last month has seen some remarkable progress down at Tamworth Road mostly down in Pound 25. Progress on the canal beyond the narrows by the A51 has been, and still is, blighted by water in the base of the canal which refuses to dry up.
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.
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,
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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