Vegetation cutting volunteers needed

Published: Wednesday, 05 September 2018

THIS autumn the Chesterfield Canal Trust will once again be working in partnership with the Canal & River Trust to help clear overgrown vegetation along the canal between Kiveton Park and West Stockwith.

The focus of the work will be on the offside bank, where a boat is required for access, to open up the navigation and improve the local canal network.


This will involve using bowsaws, loppers, secateurs and various other tools associated with the cutting of vegetation. A woodchipper will be used by qualified volunteers to dispose of all the arisings in an eco-friendly manner.

All Personal Protective Equipment will be supplied along with all tools and equipment. The Trust’s newly restored ex-British Waterways workboat Python will be the working platform, providing shelter, welfare and refreshments. You will need to bring your own lunch.

Introduction and training

Everyone is welcome to come along. You will be given a site induction and any relevant training required for the role. The proposed schedule is shown below. Please be aware that there may be some amendments to this schedule, especially the later dates when some additional days may be added:

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2nd/3rd October: Turnerwood Flight (Above Turnerwood)
4th/7th/9th/11th October: Summit Pound (Kiveton Park)
16th October: Turnerwood Flight (Between Turnerwood and Shireoaks)
17th October: Shireoaks to The Lock Keeper (Worksop)
19th/21st/24th October: Downstream of The Lock Keeper (Worksop)
27th October: The Lock Keeper (Worksop) to Osberton
31st October: Osberton to Ranby
2nd November: Ranby to Barnby Moor (Charlie’s Lock)
4th November: Barnby Moor (Charlie’s Lock) to Retford
7th November: Retford to Clayworth
9th November: Clayworth
10th November: Clayworth to Wiseton
16th November: Wiseton to Drakeholes
18th November: Drakeholes to Shaw Lock
21st November: Shaw Lock to West Stockwith
24th November West Stockwith to Wiseton
26th November: Wiseton to Clayworth
30th November: Clayworth to Retford
2nd December: Retford to Ranby
5th December: Ranby to Barnby Moor (Charlie’s Lock)