Cotswolds Canals: Bowbridge lock – restoration progress Easter 2015

Posted on 21. Apr, 2015 by in Environment & Nature, Featured

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Cotswold Canals write: Bowbridge lock – Thames & Severn Canal – March and April 2015

Waterway Recovery Group based one of their two week Easter work camps on the Thames & Severn Canal, with volunteers housed at Brimscombe Port. Over the Easter weekend up to 400 bricks per day were being laid in lime mortar at Bowbridge lock. Old hands were joined by youngsters, some of whom were working towards a Duke of Edinburgh award, and were being trained in a variety of skills. Where the upper lock wall was badly damaged, a block wall was constructed to create a stable structure. Recesses for lock safety ladders were laid in new bricks. One young volunteer was heard saying “Can I go back to Brimscombe to sweep up and start to prepare the evening meal?”  The reply was: ” No, there is plenty of light, we are going to lay some more bricks” WRG BITM volunteers (Bit in the middle) were continuing this massive effort on 19th April alongside CCT volunteers. This restoration forms part of Phase 1a of restoration of the Cotswold Canals.

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