The Python volunteers graduated from vegetation cutting school with honours last year and, keen to ensure our multi-skilled volunteers get every opportunity to put their talents to good use, the Canal & River Trust is giving us some exciting new jobs to do this autumn. Python’s work is being split into two sections: Lock Maintenance and Towpath Upgrade work.
The first section is lock maintenance between Shireoaks and Kiveton Park starting in mid-September and continuing through most of October. This involves a lot of different tasks so there really is something to suit everyone! A bit of weeding, a bit of cleaning, a keen eye to spot damage or wear to be reported and somebody needs to get busy with the grease gun too! Add in a bit of vegetation cutting and there is plenty to keep you all busy. There are 20 locks we want to get spick and span before winter sets in and we will be doing it through what is undoubtedly one of the most idyllic stretches of canal in the entire country. The dates for this work are as follows: September 19th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 27th and 28th; October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 9th 13th, 15th, 16th, 19th and 20th.
On October 24th we will do a litter pick and tidy up through Worksop before heading downstream to start phase 2 of the autumn works at Misterton.
Phase 2 starts on Monday October 28th. Python will be based at Misterton to provide welfare facilities for a team of volunteers which will be upgrading the towpath between Misterton and West Stockwith. There are exciting opportunites available as the existing towpath is cleaned back and new aggregates are compounded into place after shuttering has been fixed to contain it. This is work that has a niche for all as we will need bankspeople to ensure the public safety, people to fit the shuttering into place, people to rake the aggregates over the surface and C&RT is offering free training to those who want to volunteer to use the whacker plate or powered barrow. The work will continue for around 5-6 weeks for 3-4 days a week. The dates for this are flexible at present because we want to create the work parties based around when people have the time to volunteer but we will work every Tuesday and Wednesday. If you want to be part of this work, please get in touch and suggest the dates that suit you best so that we can tailor the taskforce around our volunteers’ availability. If anyone has an excavator certificate and wants to volunteer to use the mini-digger then please get in touch urgently so we can get you registered ahead of the taskforce dates.
If you wish to get involved or just want to know more about it then please get in touch. Last autumn 73 volunteers joined us to make your canal a better place and this has earned Python a shortlisting in The Living Waterways Awards for Community Involvement. We won’t find out who wins until October so don’t wait until then to step up and become part of this amazing team. Get in touch now and let us know when and how you feel you can help.
The whacker plate training takes place on Tuesday September 24th at West Stockwith. Please get in touch if you want to take part. At the time of going to press, the date for a second Powered Barrow training course is still to be confirmed.
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To see what happened last year, click here.