Waterways charity Glandŵr Cymru – the Canal & River Trust in Wales – is looking for volunteers to give some of their time as lock keepers on the Green Flag award-winning Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal.
Lock keepers have kept Britain’s canals working smoothly for centuries and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways. In the 21st century the role is also as ‘face of the waterway’, providing a friendly welcome as they help boaters through the sometimes unfamiliar task of navigating the locks.
Volunteer lock keepers are needed to look after the five locks at Llangynidr. Dating back to the late 1700s the locks take the canal along a gentle tree-lined slope.
As well as helping boaters, volunteer lock keepers keep this picturesque location looking its very best – including removing litter and managing vegetation.
It’s a perfect opportunity for anyone who enjoys being outdoors and likes meeting people, as Glandŵr Cymru’s volunteer development co-ordinator Caroline Kendall explains: “Our locks attract a lot of interest from boaters moving through them as well as curious onlookers on the towpath. So, volunteer lock keepers play a key role. They are ambassadors for the charity, providers of information, and a safe pair of hands to guide boats through the locks.
“This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for something a bit different. All we ask for are enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Glandŵr Cymru will give you all the training you need and you’ll soon be out on the canal, learning new skills and loving your life with the Llangynidr locks!”
The Trust welcomes applications from anyone over 18 and able to spare at least one day a week. No experience is needed, just a ‘can-do’ attitude and a willingness to get involved. After an induction and training the roles start fully in April and run through to October.
Information on how to apply can be found on Glandŵr Cymru’s website www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer