Spring Update from the Towpath Volunteers
Luckily, only one project day had to be cancelled during the winter months because of bad weather and since then the project has continued apace.
CRT have been given access to United Utilities’ land adjacent to the long stretch of tow path between Chew Valley Road and Well-i-hole which has enabled stone to be dropped midway between the two. On February 23rd, with just a short distance to barrow, 4 tons were laid in record time – 50 minutes
A further 6 tons of stone were laid here on March 12th and further work in April has made the total to date over 100 tons. On the same day, a number of large clumps of vegetation were also removed from the wash wall, which will hopefully ensure it remains stable.
On March 1st, two members from the Group joined CRT on their workboat on the Macclesfield Canal and together with other volunteers, helped cut back vegetation from the workboat rather than the tow path. The Group will discuss with CRT, the possibility of carrying out a similar exercise on the HCS.
Emmaus, Mossley are now adopting the stretch from Division Bridge to Roaches Lock: the Greenfield Volunteer Group will concentrate on their own section, plus the stretch from Hall’s Lock to Wade Lock in Uppermill.
As well as the usual tasks, the Group have planted snowdrops, bluebells and aconites which were purchased online from YouGarden who kindly donated extra bulbs for our worthy cause