Over the weekend of 24/25th September we welcomed a strong team of 21 WRG volunteers with two vans who worked on the canal restoration at both Darnford Park and at Summerhill.
The Summerhill team struck the formwork to the rear concrete towpath wall over the Cranebrook Culvert, cleaned, oiled the timber shutters, placed the mesh wall reinforcement, re-erected the formwork and installed props to the the opposite wall which forms the canal channel over the Culvert. All in one day!!
The WRG team then got stuck into completing the timber edging and stone towpath on the Heritage Towpath Trail between the Culvert and the aqueduct. Not having an excavator to load stone into the our 6 tonne dumper did not deter our hard working WRG guests, they just loaded the dumper by hand with shovels!!
Our thanks to all the WRG team who achieved a great deal during the weekend in the overall restoration of the Heritage Towpath Trail through this section at Summerhill
WRG Visit Summerhill and Darnford Park
.... And at Darnford Park the WRG Team took control of the LHCRT Excavators and Dumpers and set about forming the base of the central environmental mound alongside the A38. After a good deal of scrub bashing a start was made to forming the Upper Canal Basin and the excavated material was moved by the dumpers to form the start of the fill to the Central Environmental Mound
The WRG volunteers stayed over the weekend as guests of the Lichfield Cruising Club in the clubhouse and were made very welcome. Good use was made of the well stocked bar after all the travelling and hard work on site!!
We look forward to seeing the WRG volunteers again on the Lichfield Canal in the new Year.
Photos by Bob Williams, Peter Buck
and Paul Marshall