Saving the Swansea Canal: Meet the volunteers making it happen

Swansea Canal Society members building the new towpath

A team of volunteers working to restore a stretch of the Swansea Canal say they're getting closer their goal of reopening its 'hidden lock'.

Only a few miles of the canal remain open, but the Swansea Canal Society are trying to reopen another section.

The new towpath comes together

They're hard at work building a new towpath along the lock and hope to excavate it to allow the canal to flow openly.

It's a wonderful tourist attraction. It's a wonderful leisure attraction

This would regenerate this particular area, if we could have a green space, with barges running up and down it.

The money that would come into this area, the Lower Tawe Valley, would be immense.

– Martin Davies
Around six miles of the canal survive

The section of the canal was filled in during the 1970s, and was then built over.

The building has now been demolished, with the rubble being used to help build the new towpath.

Workmen filling in the canal during the 70s

The volunteers are also renovating a stretch of the canal owned by the Canal and River Trust.

The society members at work on the Clydach lock

We couldn't do the work that we do at the moment without the volunteers, and especially the Swansea Canal Society.

They're just really really enthusiastic people that come together, who've all got the same goal, want to see the canal reopened.

Every time that they meet they just crack on and get it done!

– Jade-Marie Hester, Canal & River Trust

Hear from the team in our video below:

Have you got a story we should cover? I'd like to hear from you!