|Digger on pontoon|
The Lancaster Canal Trust tell us that their winter programme of work maintaining and restoring the Lancaster Canal has been very wet and windy, but very interesting. Recent help in maintaining the far side of the canal, often badly neglected and not easy to manage, came from Northern Pontoon Hire, Carnforth. Lee Nicholls, the MD, not satisfied with loaning equipment, has been experimenting with putting a digger on pontoons to dredge the canal.
|Testing the the stop planks for leaks|
under Stainton Crossing bridge.
The Trust organises work parties every second Sunday of the month, which volunteers are welcome to join.
They have been extremely fortunate in finding an ex British Waterways man, Keith Tassart, to be a Work Party Organiser. Keith can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on joining a work party.
The next working party will be on Sunday 13 April and will concentrate on tree/hedge planting around Hincaster tunnel.
The Trust also organises boat trips throughout the Summer on their narrowboat 'Waterwitch', crewed by Trust volunteers. From 20 April cruises leave approximately every 40 minutes from Crooklands every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday and also Saturdays in August, from 11am - 4pm. There is no booking - it's first come first served, weather permitting! If you're making a special trip you can check if the boat is operating by calling: 07504 710 351
You can find out more about the work of the Lancaster Canal Trust at www.lancastercanaltrust.org.uk.