I spent a great day this March, joining the group receiving training in the finer skills of drystone walling.
A mix of Trust volunteers and staff took part in repairing the boundary wall and creating a gateway onto the towpath at the historic lock 45 and bridge at Pikehouse, near Walsden on the Rochdale Canal.
Jon Stopp, our Volunteer Adoption Inspirer, made a successful bid for Friends Fund money to pay for supplies and training, and I joined in for one of a whole series of training days.
Take a look at what we did:
Heritage adviser, North East and Manchester & Pennine
The work carried out by the heritage team is extremely varied, covering all sorts of structures and a wide variety of projects. Not one week is the same and we keep learning all the time, meeting some fascinating people and visiting stunning places along the way. We are hoping that through our blogs we can share some of our passion for the amazing industrial heritage of the inland waterways.See more blogs from this author