The weather turned on us this month. In my April Blog I was looking forward to an improvement in the weather now that May was upon us. In all fairness it hadn't been all that bad a Spring. But come May, you will recall, we had several heavy thunderstorms. These turned The Fosseway site into a sea of mud, and the ramps down to ground zero became almost impassable. But did this put our volunteers off?
It has occurred to me that when I have written my monthly blogs about what has been achieved at the sites we are working at, that I have seldom made much comment about the tremendous contribution that all our volunteers make.
A great restoration effort by the Trust volunteers at Gallows Wharf on the Lichfield Canal over the last week. The infilled canal has been excavated down to ?water level? to provide a working platform for the re building of a section of the Historic Gallows Wharf.
With little to report on any progress on the length of canal from Huddlesford through to London Road, I have added, to this report, progress along the stretch known as Fosseway.
One job has dominated the first three months of 2018, namely continuation of bricklaying on the Sand Wharf. This has been delayed by the terrible weather, three days of work were lost due to freezing conditions and heavy rain.
Early in February a new friend arrived on the Fosseway Heath section of the Lichfield Canal in the form of a shiny new EZ80 8 tonne Excavator from Wacker Neuson based at Stafford.
A very enthusiastic Network Rail Projects team of over 30 volunteers lead by David, Peter, Bob, Roger and Tony G. braved the extreme cold weather brought by the Mini beast from the East on 19th March to move the Lichfield Canal restoration at Fosseway Heath forward.
In my January work party blog, I explained that the excavation of the pit at the Darnford Moors site, adjacent to the Golf Club House, had taken up most of our time and effort.
The New Year started by finishing off the excavations at the Darnford Moors site, adjacent to Darnford Lane. We also completed the provision of the hard-standing area at this site.
Little has changed since my November report about the Tamworth Road site. As predicted, most of our efforts have been focused on the work we are doing at the Darnford Moors length.
Throughout Autumn we had superb weather for the most part, although it rained heavily a couple of times, washing the mortar from between the bricks and turning the site into a small-scale representation of the Somme. Then came the frost with the ground frozen solid in mid afternoon.
A simple little task, Won't take more than a few days or a week or so. That 's what I thought when we started work just the other side of the lift bridge by the Darnford Moors Golf Club. How wrong can I be?
As predicted in my September Blog, the finishing touches to the area between the narrows and the A51 were successfully completed
The area is now finished and all we need is a deluge of rain to get some water in it.
The Trust volunteers activity over the last couple of weeks has been creating a great deal of interest with the regular dog walkers and users of the Fosseway Heath section of the Lichfield Canal.Read More
Nearly there, so nearly there, and the work being undertaken beyond the narrows and Tamworth Road will be finished. The only holdup now could be horrendous weather, but that is not forecast.
The last four weeks have been a challenge as the main holiday period and school holidays have restricted the number of volunteers. The grandparents amongst the group have been on standby for kids thought the six weeks.
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