Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales, is celebrating the work of the industrious volunteers of the Swansea Canal Society this week. Collectively, the Society has given more than 50,000 hours of their time, since 2012, to restore the historic Swansea Canal.
On Tuesday 4 August they received a plaque commemorating this milestone from Mark Evans Glandŵr Cymru director.
Swansea Canal Society is run by enthusiastic volunteers dedicated to maintaining, restoring and improving the canal. The hours they generously give are spent in ‘hands-on’ tasks including, clearing vegetation, litter picking and restoring the banks. They also organise fundraising activities, are involved in tourism – including running a canoe hire service - and provide other local community groups the opportunity to get involved.
Mark Evans, director Glandŵr Cymru congratulates the Society: “This is an amazing achievement and we are so grateful to the group for their hard work. They have a genuine love for the Swansea Canal and their dedicated commitment is pivotal in creating a bright future for both the canal and the area. We also commend them for their impact on the local community. Our waterways play a vital role in the health and wellbeing of everyone who uses them and our volunteers play a key role in caring for those waterways. The Swansea Canal Society is a shining example and here’s to many more hours of working with them!”
Gordon Walker, chairman of the Swansea Canal Society, adds: “I am so pleased to be able to receive this plaque on behalf of the Society's fantastic volunteers. From strenuous restoration work, through litter picking, particularly by our friends at Whitethorns Intensive Day Service, and running the canoe and kayak hire to backroom activities including fund raising, administration and planning, the energy of our volunteers is boundless. We are so fortunate to have Glandŵr Cymru, who own the canal, at our side to guide and assist us.
"Of course, many recent activities have been curtailed – in fact, this presentation should have taken place on the day lock down commenced – but we will soon be back firing on all cylinders.”
Earlier this year the Society was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.