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Work Party Photos.....

January 2020
Photos by Matthew Clark

  • Image 1 of 9 : This was the surviving metal railings before volunteers dug it out.....
  • Image 2 of 9 : ..... and after it was dug out
  • Image 3 of 9 : Here is a close up of the surviving railing before excavation.....
  • Image 4 of 9 : and here it is after, and you can see the stone where it is set
  • Image 5 of 9 : You can even see the next stone down
  • Image 6 of 9 : Here is the water escapting Ringley locks being blocked by debris.....
  • Image 7 of 9 : ..... and after clearance, the water can escape the site easier
  • Image 8 of 9 : Here is the disused Bywash on the Bolton arm before digging began.....
  • Image 9 of 9 : .....and after it was dug out

 

October 2019
Photos by Matthew Clark

  • Image 1 of 7: This is the duckweed on the Bolton arm before clearance
  • Image 2 of 7 : This is the duckweed after
  • Image 3 of 7 : This is the overflow before we started clearing it
  • Image 4 of 7 : This is the result after clearing the overflow
  • Image 5 of 7 : As you can see, there is a good flow of water
  • Image 6 of 7 : And the water is incredibly clean
  • Image 7 of 7 : Keeping the overflow clear helps reduce flooding by letting excess water out quicker

 

February 2019 – 16th & 17th
Great weekend winching trees from the bed of the canal with WRG North West. The small self-seeded saplings will damage the waterproof lining if allowed to grow too big. Approximately 150 feet cleared on Saturday and another 75-100 feet on Sunday. The section on Sunday had fewer trees and more spread out, so more time and effort required to re-rig the winch. Whew! Photos by Sam Kennion

  • Before
  • Part way through the first day
  • At the end of the first day
  • At the end of the first day
  • After the first day
  • End of work on Sunday (1 of 2). The trees in the foreground are actually uprooted but need chopping off another time
  • End of work on Sunday (2 of 2). The trees in the foreground are actually uprooted but need chopping off another time

 


February 2019 – 9th & 10th

The February work party made good progress on clearing more of the rubble and earth out of the channel that runs from the top overflow to the bottom basin. We can now (just about!) see daylight through the sluice hole. Also, there was a heron looking mean, moody and magnificient. Photos by Sam Kennion


 

January 2019
Photos by Matthew Clark

  • Image 1 of 7 : The shadow of an old sluice gate at Ringley top lock
  • Image 2 of 7 : The 7-mile marker stone getting a bit of a clean
  • Image 3 of 7 : A view of the top lock of the canal – see the healthy amount of water running through
  • Image 4 of 7 : A look into the Ringley lock overflow - buried for 50 years!
  • Image 5 of 7 : The freshly laid cobbles on the towpath
  • Image 6 of 7 : A transition point between our cobbles and our new towpath surface
  • Image 7 of 7 : Volunteers John and Wendy enjoying getting stuck in

  
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