Oh what a beautiful morning. The sun is shining and lots of people are out working hard on a Sunday morning – no not the marathon – it’s the canal working party again.

It’s often the way when the boss is away that he makes sure there’s plenty to do for those left and particularly those left “in charge”. While Eddy and Linda are enjoying Parisian delights he’s suggested we work at Draycott and at Borrowash. At Draycott we’ve been putting up a safety fence under the Derby Road to secure the footpath and prevent animals or children falling off the path into the water in the canal bed below. The fencing is in place and just some finishing touches needed next time to fence in the ends.

At Borrowash we are working to help the locals. A group have adopted the canal line at the back of Mear Drive and have made a real impact in cutting down cracked willow and laying sections of hedge. Our job, now completed, has been to fell some surplus cracked willow trees in the way of the hedgelaying and tidy up the new growth by the towpath and in the canal. Mission accomplished in record time and it looks a bit more like a canal now.

Draycott Derby Road – Before
Draycott Derby Road Bridge Before 1 Draycott Derby Road Bridge Before 2
Draycott Derby Road – After
Draycott Derby Road Bridge After 1 Draycott Derby Road Bridge After 2 Draycott Derby Road Bridge After 3
Photos courtesy of Ian Bowley