SHROPSHIRE Union Canal volunteers have been continuing the restoration of the Montgomery Canal south of Crickheath Bridge near Oswestry.
Their effort in May was spread across various activities and experienced variable weather conditions, the one constant being the incredible output and progress made.
Work commenced on the towpath improvements next to Crickheath Bridge which are supported by a grant from the local council. The finished specification for the towpath will be resolved when this area is completed, but this new surface provides a level, self-draining path by removing trip hazards from mud and tree roots.
On this occasion, a four-day work party had been organised to include bank holiday Monday featuring The Coronation Big Help Out event. It was by no means certain the works would be finished in this time.
In the event, the towpath improvements were completed in barely more than two days. A remarkable effort and compliments resounded from passing pedestrians and cyclists.
Much time and effort was spent during this work party tidying up of the previous works compound by Crickheath Basin. Two large soil heaps were levelled.
Repairs to the wharf wall continued and received considerable focus with a good number of the society’s regular volunteers getting involved and picking up skills from the expert Dry Stone Walling Association volunteers.
With several other tidying-up jobs completed on day four the opportunity was taken to reflect on the progress made.
Shropshire Union Canal Society is always looking to encourage new volunteers and members.
Interested persons should visit: https://shropshireunion.org.uk for details of dates and contacts, also for news and information.