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Wergies will be in Herefordshire to restore canals
Working on the canal
The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust aims to restore the whole 34 mile length of the canal from Hereford to Gloucester

Hereford will be invaded on Friday 12 February by two dozen Wergies - volunteers who give up their weekends and holidays to restore canals.

The task involves getting muddy and tired, and then staying overnight at canal restoration work camps, in local village halls.

The Waterway Recovery Group host canal restoration work camps for over 40,000 volunteer days a year.

Herefordshire has received a good share of this labour.

Martin Danks, from the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust, said: "It speaks volumes when volunteers will travel from South Devon, London and Manchester to spend the weekend supporting us in restoring the canal".


Three sites within the county are receiving a "wash and brush up".

At the Yarkhill stretch, under the guidance of local leader Chris High, winter maintenance work is continuing on both banks of the canal on this 1,000 yard stretch, which has footpaths open to the public for walkers.

In Hereford, Martin continues work on the Aylestone slipway on the 350 yard stretch of the canal in Aylestone Park.

Canal restoration
The Waterway Recovery Group is a voluntary organisation

Jobs for this weekend include landscaping next to the slipway walls, laying paving slabs (for safe boat launching) and fitting a wooden buffer (to absorb shocks when a boat touches the wall).

For the first time, work has started on the stretch of canal at Newtown Road in Hereford, which is owned by the Canal Trust.

Vegetation and scrub will be cleared, pruned and tidied, allowing new trees to be planted.


The Waterway Recovery Group is part of the Inland Waterways Association, who organise support for canal restoration throughout Great Britain.

The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust is a registered Charity.

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