Swansea Canal Restoration
The Swansea Canal is under active restoration. Volunteers are working to bring Ynysmeudwy and Trebanos locks back to life, alongside the buried lock at Pontardawe.
IWA awarded £20,000 to the Swansea Canal Society’s Coed Gwilym Park Slipway Project as part of IWA’s Waterways in Progress Grants in 2019. This is one of four grants awarded to projects that deliver impact right from day one.
The Project aims to create an asset for the canal and community. Swansea Canal is a valued green corridor through the post-industrial landscape of Swansea. Work is currently underway to dredge approximately one mile of the canal to navigable depth. Further restoration work is planned to restore additional locks and pound. This would extend the navigable section of the Swansea Canal by 2.5 miles. The Waterways in Progress Grant will fund the creation of a brand new slipway giving access to this stretch of canal to boats and other craft.
This work is an integral aspect of the canal restoration. It is hoped that the Swansea Canal will host an IWA Trailboat Festival in 2023 to raise the profile of the entire restoration project, in the canals’ 225th anniversary year. The slipway will also permit the regular launch of the Society’s workboat and new tripboat. The tripboat will be used to generate new income to fund Society’s restoration work as well as creating a visitor destination, enhancing their current canoe hire operation offer.