Cosgrove cut takes shape

In preparation for re-re-watering (yes, that’s correct, re-re-watering), the canal cut between Bridge 1 and the first bund has been dry-dredged and profiled with much help from KESCRG and LWRG.The Kent and East Sussex Canal Restoration Group (KESCRG) provide volunteers to help restore canals all over the country.  For the first weekend in July they joined forces with the London branch of the Waterways Recovery Group (LWRG) and visited us as Cosgrove.

For two days we dug the cut. The vegetation was scrapped off of the canal bed and pushed to the far bank where it will be left to compost down. The top-soil, or silt, was then dug away down to the original puddling clay. This left a beautifully sculptured canal bed. The soil was used to start the re-levelling and raising of the tow-path, which over the years has slumped down and become very uneven in places. This is being done in two phases so that whilst the half-width that has been raised settles down, the other half is available for pedestrians passage. Over the coming weeks we will complete the soil transfer to the second half.

We hope to start syphoning water into this first section again as soon as possible, but weather conditions will dictate when this commences. It’s been a very dry year so far and water levels all over the country are low!

You can find out more about KESCRG here: http://www.kescrg.org.uk/

And about WRG here: https://www.waterways.org.uk/wrg

KESCRG - Corgrove dry dredging - July 2017 KESCRG - Corgrove dry dredging - July 2017
KESCRG - Corgrove dry dredging - July 2017 KESCRG - Corgrove dry dredging - July 2017
KESCRG - Corgrove dry dredging - July 2017 KESCRG - Corgrove dry dredging - July 2017

Come and see all the work for yourself when you visit us at the Cosgrove Festival over the weekend of 22nd-23rd July.

Full details are here: http://www.buckinghamcanal.org.uk/events-and-news/annual-festival/