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.

New Lock Gates for Whilton to Buckby Flight

The attached photos, courtesy of John Highmore (CRT Volunteering Communications Manager – Secondment) were taken at the CRT workshops at Stanley Ferry, near Wakefield/Leeds. They include new lock gates for Lock 10 in the Whilton to Buckby flight.

We will keep you posted about their installation date during the 2015/16 Winter Stoppage Programme. They will need painting of course! Watch this space!

WBLA Work Alongside the Braunston Canal Society

A few members from WBLA joined forces with the Braunston Canal Society on 21st March making a total of 23 volunteers who cleared over a quarter of a mile of overgrown pathway, known as Fir Path, close to the eastern portal of Braunston Tunnel.

Some of the group concentrated on cutting back brambles and overgrown trees so that the pathway could be restored to its natural width which is now wide enough for a fire engine to drive down should the need occur. A considerable amount of litter was also collected and bagged for disposal by CRT.

A number of local residents expressed an interest in helping to clear the remainder of the area and a further working party will be organized soon.

Volunteers Urgently Required

Following its adoption under the stewardship of the Canal and River Trust (CRT) the Whilton and Buckby Locks Association (WBLA) urgently requires new volunteers to tend the local stretch of canal and locks on the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire.

WBLA has recently purchased a top of the range hedge trimmer. A number of members have been assessed as competent users of both hedge trimmers and strimmers by CRT and a working party of volunteers has been busy tidying up part of the hedgerow along a section of the towpath.

New volunteers are invited to continue the work and participate in other working parties to maintain and improve the environment along the flight including lock painting, gardening and the upkeep of a nature reserve.

To offer your support please use the Contact Us page.