Saturday, 23 May 2015

DERBY AND SANDIACRE CANAL SOCIETY

Following on from the wonderful success at the Breaston Carnival on Bank Holiday Monday when we attracted 20 new members to the Society, and also saw record takings from our merchandise. This Sunday we had two working parties in action, one at Draycott that finished the safety work on the footpath that runs under the main road. The other team set to work at Borrowash where we cleared saplings and scrub to reveal the original sluice gates for the bottom lock, the stone work still shows the original workings and these are in good condition. Please admire from a distance but we do not recommend entry into the lock for safety reasons! Work continues along the entire stretch throughout the Summer months, lots of things are planned and now that local and national interest is becoming greater we are attracting more general support in our ambition to restore this former canal to its original glory.

This months social evening at the Wilmott Arms in Borrowash on Tuesday the 26th is by Steve Wood, talking about the Uttoxeter Canal, starts at 8pm. Full details of membership, social events,working parties and events that we are attending in the coming months can be found at our web page; www. derbycanal.org.uk  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Work has started on the battle to contain and eradicate the Japanese Knotweed that the Society had been notified about late last year on our site at Draycott. To use it correct name, Fallopia japoica varjaponica, is a bit long winded so we refer to it as “JK”. Introduced into the United Kingdom in the mid-nineteenth century it has spread across the UK and is beginning to cause various problems that include invading wild life habitat and even cause structural damage.

Our working party co-coordinator, Eddy, has undertaken various training courses to obtain all licences required to spray the pesticides needed to control this pest, and will be also attending a course to enable him to apply pesticides nearer water later this year. More work will be needed through the Summer months and possibly again next year depending on how the plants react to treatment. All details of the societies work and plans can be found on our web page, www.derbycanal.org.uk and on our Facebook page along with Twitter.