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Working Party Dates: 2017

All working parties are on a Sunday morning from 9:30 unless specifically stated otherwise.

Latest Dates for July 2017 to end of October 2017:

19/07 Wednesday     – Borrowash
23/07 Sunday            – Sandiacre
26/07 Wednesday     – Borrowash
02/08 Wednesday    –  Borrowash
06/08 Sunday           – Sandiacre
09/08 Wednesday    – Borrowash
16/08 Wednesday    – Borrowash
20/08 Sunday           – Draycott – Late change
23/08 Wednesday    – Borrowash
30/08 Wednesday    – Borrowash
03/09 Sunday           – Draycott
06/09 Wednesday    – Borrowash
13/09 Wednesday     – Borrowash
17/09 Sunday            – Draycott
20/09 Wednesday    – Borrowash
27/09 Wednesday    – Borrowash
01/10 Sunday            – Draycott
04/10 Wednesday    – Borrowash
11/10 Wednesday     – Borrowash
15/10 Sunday            – Draycott
18/10 Wednesday    – Borrowash
25/10 Wednesday    – Borrowash

Future dates, into November and beyond, to be advised nearer to the time.

All meetings start at 9:30 am until fatigue sets in normally early afternoon. Locations are subject to change, please review this page regularly.

Hedge Laying Draycott

Hedge Laying in Draycott 2015

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.

Clearing the hedge trimmings at Draycott on a cold winter morning

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.



Feel free to come along and join us! Contact Keith Johnson on 07845 466721 for clarification. Tools will be provided, but you will need appropriate clothing.

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One comment

  1. I live in Spondon & would love to throw myself into this project of restoring the canal, I’m sure I can spare quite a bit of my time between working & weekends

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