Working Party Dates: 2017
All working parties are on a Sunday morning from 9:30 unless specifically stated otherwise.
14/05 Sunday – Draycott
24/05 Wednesday – Borrowash
28/05 Sunday – Draycott
07/06 Wednesday – Borrowash
21/06 Wednesday – Borrowash
05/07 Wednesday – Borrowash
Future dates to be advised.
All meetings start at 9:30 am until fatigue sets in normally early afternoon. Locations are subject to change, please review this page regularly.
Draycott – The work will be hedge maintenance and grass cutting so bring appropriate gear. We will need chainsaw teams (qualified users only), hedgetrimmers and brush movers.
Take Hopwell Road north from the village of Draycott. Meet at the intersection with the canal (you cannot miss the very large canal sign!) about half a mile from the village. The working party will be in action on the Derby side of the road, so if you can’t make 9.30 you can come and find us.
Borrowash – The work will be clearance of vegetation. This area has already been cleared a few years ago and the work involves clearing regrowing trees along the towpath and clearing the canal channel from Station Road to Borrowash Bottom Lock.
Parking may be found on Mear Drive and there a number of places that you can walk through to the canal line.
Spondon – We have previously cleared the winding hole beside the Station Road bridge leading to Celanese, with the agreement of Derby City Council who own the land. We had left all the vegetation along the boundary between the winding hole and the former Moon Hotel so that a natural character to the winding hole was retained. Subsequent to our work the new owners of the Moon Hotel site have removed all the vegetation along their boundary, including trees and bushes that were on Derby City Council land.
The Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust wish to make it clear that the vegetation along the boundary with the Moon Hotel site was not removed by the Trust’s volunteers.
If you wish to help feel free to meet us there or contact Eddy Case on 0752 389 6645 for clarification. Tools will be provided, but you will need appropriate clothing.