Published

20 July 2021

These 2021 Summer Canal Camps are as Covid-safe as possible, whilst making sure this vital work to support the restoration sector can continue. 

We initially have 5 weeks planned on 4 sites. Each camp has a maximum of 12 volunteers.  

Locations for 2021 Summer Canal Camps

On the Derby & Sandiacre Canal Camp (31st July-7th August) volunteers will returning to Borrowash Bottom Lock. Work started in 2019 to repair the wing walls, rebuilding sections of the lock wall, reinstating coping stones and landscaping.  

The River Waveney Canal Camps  (31st July-7th August/ 7th-14th August) will spend two weeks restoring Geldeston Lock in Suffolk. Working alongside the River Waveney Trust, the project aims to take down about twenty metres of lock wall to complete the restoration of the whole wall on the south side. The brickwork has been severely compromised over the years due to high tide levels from erosion, as well as plants and trees having grown in and through the wall. 

We have two further canal camps on the Shrewsbury and Newport Canal (7th-14th August) and Montgomery Canal (14th-21st August).  Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Camp will be repairing two culverts on a new site for WRG at Berwick Wharf, owned by the National Trust. The Montgomery Canal Camp will be working to support a new project – the rebuilding of School House Bridge – by creating the site compound, clearing hedge cuttings from the line of the canal and helping install a soakway for future connection to the canalside cottage.  

Covid-safe principles

The five camps are part of a phased return to activity from the end of July. Canal Camps will look a little bit different this year (but hopefully as muddy and fun as always).  This year we are working to four key principles: 

  • Increased personal space 
  • Good hygiene facilities 
  • Good ventilation of shared indoor spaces 
  • Improved welfare facilities on site 

These principles are backed up with risk assessments, including a project plan and method statements. Additionally, there will also be Camp-specific Covid risk assessments.  Our leadership teams are having extra training to make sure camps are enjoyable and that all volunteers follow safeguarding measures. 

We hope to release more dates in September and October, so keep an eye on our Waterway Recovery Group events or request a brochure.