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Dates for our future work parties are listed on our Forthcoming Events Page. Forthcoming Events

The next Work Party will be
Saturday, 31st August 2019
Please try to join us.

An ADDITIONAL Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party

Please consider joining an additional Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party to deal with the usual seasonal growth-spurt of Floating American Pennywort.

Every year, towards the end of summer, our enemy, Floating American Pennywort, puts on extra growth in a bid for survival. This year that growth-spurt has come a few weeks earlier than usual. We have had recent reports of pennywort being evident along many sections of the Navigation and we had to do a last-minute change to our plans for the last work party in order to deal with rafts of pennywort in the main channel downstream from Sandford Lock. To see how much weed we were removing check the report on our CCT website. Click here to go straight there. My own theory is that the growth-spurt starts when the days start getting shorter and significant rain starts to fall (whether or not the rain washes nourishing nitrates off surrounding farmland and into the Navigation is a point of contention).

We donít need to panic, but if we donít take appropriate action now we could find that in the next three months pennywort-growth could get the better of us.

As a result of the amount of pennywort we saw, several of our excellent participants in our work party last week volunteered to take part in an additional Saturday morning work party on 31st August, starting at our usual Saturday work party time of 9am. What some stars they are!

Please consider joining in and taking part in the work party on 31st August. If we can get a good number of volunteers involved we can make a huge impact.

You are possibly wondering where the work party is going to be?! We donít know yet! Nearer the time, when we have decided where our input will be most effective, weíll send another email advising you. What we do know is that it will be on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, somewhere between Springfield and Heybridge!

Incidentally, if you are out and about beside or on the Navigation and see any Pennywort (plenty of pictures of it on the CCT website!) please take the opportunity to remove it if you can. The lush, dense growth at this time of year lends itself to easier removal. Just a few tips:

  • Itís heavy! Donít overdo it
  • If in trying to remove it you might break it up into smaller fragments, similar to pulling up Himalayan Balsam at the wrong time, you risk making the problem worse not better. Leave it!
  • Pull it up onto the bank where any little critters that might be in it can make their way back to the water
  • Try not to leave strands of pennywort floating in the water
  • Donít block the towpath (with yourself or pennywort!)
  • Donít fall in! If you are risking your personal safety you shouldnít be doing it.
  • Finally - feel good about having played your part!
Good luck!

We'll hope to see you on 31st August.

Please check this page again nearer the time for more details

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as we drop in to zap the weed.


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SOME CHELMER CANAL TRUST ORGANISED WORK PARTY REPORTS / PHOTOS

(These are large pages with lots of photos. They will take some time to load over a slow connection)

CLICK HERE FOR 2019.

CLICK HERE FOR 2018.

CLICK HERE FOR 2017.

CLICK HERE FOR 2016.

CLICK HERE FOR 2015.

CLICK HERE FOR 2014.

CLICK HERE FOR 2013.

CLICK HERE FOR 2012.

CLICK HERE FOR 2011.

CLICK HERE FOR 2010.

CLICK HERE FOR 2009.

CLICK HERE FOR 2008.

CLICK HERE FOR 2007.

CLICK HERE FOR 2006.

CLICK HERE FOR 2005.

CLICK HERE FOR 2003 and 2004.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FORD WORK PARTIES IN 2003.


Dates for our future work parties are listed on our Forthcoming Events Page. Forthcoming Events

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