After several years of scrub clearance and maintenance, work has progressed onto restoration and public access to the whole length of the canal. Over the summer 2013, we were involved in the surfacing of the towpath on the southern half of the canal, and building three footbridges along the path. Other tasks include erecting signs, bricklaying, keeping vegetation under control and preparing for our Open Weekend on the 17th/18th August. We are always grateful for any assistance from members, and non-members by arrangement. From just an hour with a pair of secateurs to a couple of hours with a shovel there is something that can be done by anyone aged 16 and over of any aptitude. Young people up to age 16 are welcome subject to legal and insurance formalities. We operate between 9am to approximately 4.30pm each day. You will need old clothes, stout footwear and gardening gloves or similar. Working on the canal can be a great team-building experience. For example, every year, the employees of Motorola take time away from their corporate jobs to get down and dirty in the open air. In 2010, some of them from the Ashburton division helped out with our clearance work. You can see what they got up to by clicking here. They had a great day and really helped us out. If your company would like to take part in a similar exercise to promote team building and help the environment, do get in touch. Organisations can get valuable free publicity by getting involved. In the summer of 2013, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ‘Lent a Hand’ and an item was featured in the Western Morning News, both in the newspaper and on-line. Read all about it here. For more information, please contact our Workparty Co-ordinator, George Whitehead on 01626 775498 or 07721 684690or click here to e-mail George . Working Party Progress - Summer 2014Work continues to repair the damage to the lower section of the towpath following the Winter flooding. At the end of this month, we are reforming in concrete the ramps behind the Clay Cellars which suffered a high degree of scour from the overflowing of the River Teign at this point. Dates for 2014This year we have started working on Wednesdays during the Summer months as well as over the last weekend of the month. August30th & 31stWeekend Work PartySeptember10thMid-week Work PartySeptember27th & 28thWeekend Work PartyOctober 8thMid-week Work PartyOctober25th & 26thWeekend Work Party - change your clocks!November12thMid-week Work PartyNovember29th & 30thWeekend Work PartyDecember10thMid-week Work PartyDecember27th & 28thChristmas Work Party2015January 14thMid-week Work PartyJanuary24th & 25thWeekend Work PartyFebruary11thMid-week Work PartyFebruary21st & 22ndWeekend Work PartyMarch11thMid-week Work PartyMarch28th & 29thWeekend Work Party-change your clocks!