Severn Trent Water Volunteers at work on The Stroudwater Navigation
Stroud District Council Volunteers Coordinator Ian Moody reports on the visit of Severn Trent Water Community Programme Volunteers.
“On Wednesday 6th June, we welcomed a huge corporate team building group from Severn Trent Water. No less than 36 people turned up, resplendent in the sky blue colours of Severn Trent’s Community Champions programme. They had travelled from all over the country – Sheffield, Derby, Warwick, Birmingham Portsmouth and more.
“The day started with a safety briefing and a five-minute warm-up & muscle stretch session. I don’t know who the chap in yellow is but he really needs to concentrate more!”
“The location was Dock Lock at Eastington. On the task list were fencing and towpath construction and, yes that did involve yet another 20-tonne load of Ministry of Transport Type 1 Aggregate and more than a few wheelbarrows. The volunteers were soon into the swing of things with the towpath team installing edge boards, levelling the ground and barrowing the Type 1 Aggregate.”
“Meanwhile, the fencing team removed the old fence, installed new posts and fitted the wire.
By the end of the day, the teams had completed another long section of fencing, fixed most of the posts for the next section, installed dozens of edge boards and got through 13-14 tonnes of the aggregate. Impressive stuff.
Ian Moody concludes…
“Thanks are due to the nearby William Morris College for very kindly providing car parking and welfare facilities.”
“Thanks are also due to the Cotswold Canals Trust Western Depot staff for providing assistance in supplementing our tools. We were bound to forget something and fencing staples are definitely easier to fix when you have a hammer!”
Photos by Ian Moody
Proud to be supporting the Cotswold Canals Trust
Leanne Town, Community Communications Officer at Severn Trent said “We are really proud to be supporting the Cotswold Canals Trust.
“At Severn Trent, we are really passionate about the environment and pride ourselves on giving something back to local communities.
“We had a team of 36 volunteers turn up in Stroud ready to get stuck in by helping create a path, make essential improvements to the fence line and carry out other jobs along the canal. Restoration of the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal has massively improved the area and made a real difference to the environment.
“Our volunteers had a fabulous day working together with the teams from Cotswold Canals Trust and the Stroud District Council Volunteer co-ordinators Ian Moody and Jon Pontefract.
“We hope that the hard work that went into making the improvements to the Stroudwater Towpath near Dock Lock is enjoyed by those visiting and living in Stroud.”