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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 684690 or click here to e-mail George . Working Party Progress - February 2014 Our work parties this winter have been severely hampered by the weather. We have been unable to do any  maintenance on the bed of the canal in the lower half as it has repeatedly been flooded and several days have been  cancelled due to heavy rain.   What we have managed to achieve is to complete the thinning out of the undergrowth on the side of Teignbridge  Lock. The trees will be cleared from here next winter to enable the rubbish in the lock to be cleared prior to an  archaeological investigation. We have also had a very successful day at the end of January clearing vegetation from  Ventiford Basin in preparation for the archaeological dig there in May.   Dates for 2014 This year we have started working on Wednesdays as well as over the last weekend of the month.   February   22nd & 23rd   Weekend Work Party   March   12th  Mid-week work Party   March   29th & 30th   Weekend Work Party   April 9th   Mid-week Work Party   April 26th & 27th   Weekend Work Party   May  10th to 18th   Whole week Archaeological Dig   at Ventiford Basin   June  11th Mid-week Work Party   June  28th & 29th  Weekend Work Party   July          9th  Mid-week Work Party   July  26th & 27th  Weekend Work Party   August    13th  Mid-week Work Party  
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