Dates for our future work parties are listed on our Forthcoming Events Page.
The next Work Party will be
Saturday morning, 7th December 2019 at Beeleigh
Please try to join us.
Our last work party of 2019! Doesn’t time fly?!
We’ll be returning to Beeleigh next Saturday, 7th December. But, as some will be relieved to hear, not to work on the Langford Cut. There are rafts of lush pennywort in the section of the Navigation upstream of Beeleigh Lock. The plan of action for this work party is to work above the lock heading towards the Langford water intake and, depending on how many lovely volunteers can get there, maybe further on towards Rickets Lock.
So we’ll be meeting again at the car park near Beeleigh Lock, on the road to Maldon Golf Club. If you aren’t sure how to get there hopefully these directions will help: head to Langford and Ulting Village Hall on the B1019 Langford Road (CM9 4SS). Immediately opposite the village hall, beside the Museum of Power, is the road to the golf club. Take this (beware of the speed bumps) to a small car park either side of the road just before the bridge over the Navigation.
Click here for a map of Beeleigh Lock which might help.
We’ll be setting off at 9am. Everyone is welcome of course and we can find jobs for all who attend. We particularly welcome anyone who can take to the water in a small craft as they can do a valuable job both releasing the rafts and picking up escaping weedlets.
Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing conditions. It could be cold, it could be wet, it could be both! All tools and equipment are provided – but you are welcome to bring anything that works especially well for you. As regular attenders will know, we stop for refreshments about half way through the work party and try to finish by about 12.30pm – but by all means leave earlier if you need to do so. If you arrive after the group has left the car park head across the bridge over the weir and we’ll be working upstream of Beeleigh Lock.
We hope to see you on Saturday.
In our last email we listed dates for our work parties in 2020. Due to the availability of work party ‘leaders’ we’ve had to make a slight change and we are experimenting with a Sunday work party for one of our work parties in 2020. Here are the dates:Saturday, 4th January
Saturday, 8th February
Saturday, 7th March
Saturday, 4th April
Sunday, 3rd May
Saturday, 6th June
Saturday, 4th July
Saturday, 1st August
Saturday, 5th September
Saturday, 3rd October
Saturday, 7th November
Saturday, 5th December
Please put the dates in your diary/scheduler/planner. We hope you will be able to support our valiant efforts by getting along and helping control Floating American Pennywort along the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation.
By the way, have you noticed that it seems that pennywort is uncharacteristically continuing to grow healthily at this time of year when previously there would have only been weak growth? Global warming? The plant’s own modification to its UK habitat? Increased nutrients in the water? We need a natural predator (please don’t even go there with water buffalo!).
Festive Greetings from the Chelmer Canal Trust.
Dates for all of our work parties this year are listed on our Forthcoming Events Page