Waterworks Heritage Lottery Project

Mon & Brecon Canal

Waterworks is a heritage lottery funded project to restore 1.5km (1 Mile) stretch of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, in Llantarnam, South Cwmbran. The project will run for three years initially from 2012-2015. Within the 1.5km section of restoration there are eight lock chambers to restore a well as a number of listed bridges and pounds.

The project is a partnership between Torfaen County Borough Council and the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canal Trust and involves a number of training organisations including Coleg Gwent, Torfaen Training, ITEC Training and Rathborne.

The Canal restoration project will be led by community volunteers and will provide training in canal restoration and heritage skills to help sustain the canal in the future.

The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal flows from Brecon through Brecon Beacons National Park and Torfaen to Newport and Caerphilly. Now two hundred years old, the canal is an important part of our landscape and industrial heritage.

Restoring the disused canal through Ty Coch in Cwmbran forms part of a long term strategy to reopen the canal to navigation. By doing so, the canal can provide a recreational resource and attractive green corridor at the heart of the community that can play a major role in the regeneration of the area.

Volunteer Training & Restoration on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in Cwmbran

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, enjoy working with others and meeting people from all over the country. An interest in working outdoors or working on the canal is not essential but helps.

The project can help provide a wide range of volunteering and training opportunities and we are keen to hear from anyone what ever your skills or experience. Opportunities include:

  • Restoration of canal locks, bridges and other heritage structures
  • Constructing traditional and metal lock gates
  • Maintaining the canal
  • Environmental improvements and habitat creation such as hedge laying and tree planting
  • Helping to arrange and run community events
  • Getting involved in public art, historic research and interpretation
  • Undertaking heritage, wildlife and user surveys of the canal
  • Helping build and manage websites and social media

The project will be running five days a week Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm throughout the year.

As a volunteers we normally ask you to commit at least one day a week- although if you can attend a full five days then we are happy for you to come along.

All potential volunteers need to fill in a more detailed application form and have two satisfactory references. The form is easy to fill in and can be finalised on a visit to site with our supervisor. Once your details have been received you are able to start subject to capacity.


Year One

A lot has been achieved in the first year of the project and below are some of the highlights:

  • 36 community volunteers recruited on site
  • Waterway Recovery Group two week summer camp with over 38 volunteers
  • Section of canal de-watered
  • Brake Lock Restored
  • Two weirs restored
  • Two Pounds Extended
  • First school visit has taken place
  • BBC Countryfile filming of the project and volunteers
  • Discovery of an original saw pit through a three day archaeological dig
Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Community Heritage Development Officer

Tel: 01633 648209

Email: ashleigh.taylor@torfaen.gov.uk

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