Winter Stoppage Progress

So much for the Starks and their much lauded prediction that “Winter is coming” – it’s already here!

Here are a few pictures of the work being done on the locks during the Winter Stoppage…

Dog Fouling Signs

Daventry District Council has installed notices on bins along the towpath targeting irresponsible dog owners who don’t clean-up after their pets. Weekly patrols along the towpath see dog poo sprayed orange to warn walkers and to shame offending dog owner. Those responsible, now including anyone not carrying the means to clean-up after their dog, are liable to a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice or up to £1,000 if taken to court.

CRT Prepare for 2015 Stoppage

The Whilton and Buckby flight of locks will be closed from the 1st November until Christmas for lock gate replacement at numbers 10, 11 and 12. The new gates are ready for delivery from the CRT depot at Long Buckby Wharf and other equipment is already on the move.

Virgin Media Volunteer with WBLA

We would like to thank a team of 12 volunteers from Virgin Media. They donated their annual volunteering day services to renovating the area around top lock No.7 adjacent to the New Inn. The group painted and replaced sections of fence, replanted the planters and borders and also cleared vegetation at the Canal and River Trust car park and lock keeper’s hut. During their break they enjoyed a well-earned lunch at the pub.

If you have an interest in the waterways and would like to help improve the local environment along the canal, including lock painting, gardening and the upkeep of a nature reserve contact us

WBLA Visit Cotton End Park

These photos show some WBLA members being shown round Cotton End Park, an eleven acre green space on the outskirts of Long Buckby, by Nick Roberts the Head Ranger who leads a group of volunteers that has introduced a number of elements to the park.

The park includes an information centre built of thatch, stone and cob walls, a bird hide, a wildlife wetland area which has three ponds, an orchard of many native and local fruit varieties and a spinney of native trees and bushes. There is also a small flock of sheep plus accommodation, an assault course suitable for younger teenagers and two picnic areas with space for barbecues as well as a wide mown area used for various events and activities.

Check out their facebook page here.