The Conservation Volunteers, Trowbridge have been working hard to help repaint and restore Swing Bridges and Locks on the Seend Stretch of the Kennet & Avon Canal.
The Twice weekly group from Trowbridge has been supporting volunteers from all walks of life to carry out important restoration work on these historic canal features. So far this summer 3 swing bridges have been returned to their former glory with a fresh coat of Canal & River Trust, Black and White paint. The plan for the coming weeks is to continue this work by making a start on the 5 locks that make up the Seend flight.
Rob Labus, Canal & River Trust volunteer co-ordinator, said: “We are really grateful to The Conservation Volunteers for all their work. The Kennet & Avon Canal is one of the most beautiful and popular waterways in the country, and a lot of effort is needed to keep it that way. Some of the structures date back decades, and sometimes centuries, so are often in need of a little TLC. We are delighted that local volunteers are dedicating their time to keeping the wonderful canal in top shape, and we look forward to working with them again in the coming months.”
The Conservation Volunteers involve people from a range of backgrounds who want to take action to improve local green spaces. In Trowbridge TCV work closely with homeless young people from the Amber Foundation as well as supporting other young people some, of whom have learning difficulties or disabilities.
Ben Rawlings, Senior Project Officer for the Conservation Volunteers in Trowbridge said: “We have been working closely with The Canal & River Trust for some time. Painting Canal Bridges and Locks produces a great end result that all of the volunteers see at the end of the day and feel proud of their hard work”