Another way to spend a holiday
Whilst some choose the winter sales for interest and exercise Waterway Recovery Group volunteers have been working at Inglesham Lock. Martin Thompson has been busy in his Project Manager role leading a group of Waterway Recovery Group volunteers engaged in preparatory works at Inglesham Lock.
Martin, who works for the American Air Force at nearby RAF Fairford, and a team of six ‘wrgies’ arrived on site on 27th December.
Their mission was to prepare the site for further WRG work parties later in the year.
They set out to clear the bank of split willow and sapling growth in the actual lock structure.
Martin explained, “We call it a Christmas Camp. The team come from all over the place, and from all walks of life. Some are retired but we also have a teacher, driving instructor, a scaffolder, a lorry driver and a couple of computer engineers. There is another camp this week up north on the Bolton & Bury Canal”
Asked what motivates such people to give up their holidays to restore waterways Martin went on to explain…
“First and foremost is the fun and camaraderie to be had meeting people from all over and from such a range of backgrounds.
The exercise is good of course and then there is the great feeling you get from doing something to benefit a lot of people for a long time in the future which is what canal restoration is all about.
On top of that, this team have been trained to use the specialist tools & equipment. Those extra skills & qualifications are good to have"
Cotswold Canals Trust's Ken Bailey was also involved with the work party and took these pictures of the work in progress.
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