Swansea Canal Society lands £20k boost
CANOES could soon make a comeback on the Swansea Canal thanks to a £20,000 grant.
The Swansea Canal Society has been given the cash from SPLASH, the Water Recreational Challenge Fund for Wales, to help utilise the canal where it runs through Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach.
The stretch was once popular with canoeists but has since become overgrown after a canoe hire centre closed down inn the 1990’s.
Martin Davies, the secretary of the SCS said: “A grant from the SPLASH organisation has been made to the Swansea Canal Society to enable them to start a canoe hire business on the canal in 2014. We are very grateful to SPLASH for this award. Our volunteers are busy preparing the canal north of Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach.
“We also have the help of Swansea Council and the Canal and River Trust.
“The Society is keen to hear from any canoe clubs, youth organisations, schools etc who are interested in the project.”
Society member Gordon Walker added: “It’s been around 15 years since this stretch of canal was used for canoes so it’s very good news for the village and Swansea Valley as a whole.
“There will be a small charge but all profits will go towards the restoration of the canal.”
Calling for help completing the project he added: “We need volunteers to make this work so please come along on Tuesdays and help pull up some weeds or what have. I can guarantee you will have a warm welcome and lots of fun.”
The Swansea Canal, when first opened to service the industry in the valley, ran for 16 miles from Abercrave to Swansea docks.
Today its remaining six miles of water is home to otters, kingfishers, dippers, ducks, moths, butterflies and beetles. Many of its bridges, aqueducts and locks are listed buildings or scheduled ancient monuments and part of Swansea’s unique heritage.
To volunteer please contact the society on 08442094548.