The Partnership volunteers have put in hundreds of hours over the past couple of years transforming the area adjacent to the north portal of the Blisworth Tunnel. Between 2011 and 2013 we focused on completing 3 main projects. We created the Tunnel Spinney, installed the handrail and restored the Tunnel Hut - more info on these projects can be found from the links on the top navigation bar, hover over each link to find the full drop-down menu. What a difference we have made!

We are always looking for new volunteers.
Just an hour is appreciated and there are jobs for all.

You could help plant trees or wildflowers, de-ivy trees,
cut back undergrowth, stoke bonfires or clear paths.
You'll meet new friends, learn new skills and enjoy tea, cake or bacon rolls in the tunnel hut - by the log burner in the colder months!

Contact us on:-
07597 053062
or come and find us during an advertised work party

On March 19th 2016 some members of the Northampton Bushcraft group visted the Tunnel Spinney and helped undertake a massive clear up. Vegetation was cut back, trees de-ivyed and the area generally tidied. Our 3 Duke of Edinburgh students joined in the activities and were shown basic survival skills from the experts on hand. They thoroughly enjoyed this and stayed all day. When the Bushcraft group return, we will publicise the date so that others can join in and learn some of their skills.

Work Party season 2016 EXTENDING THE SPINNEY PATH - The path will be extended from where it currently stops by the picnic table through the Spinney and down to the towpath again at the 18 mile marker. Once dug out the path will be filled with Type 1 aggregate. This will be delivered to site aboard the workboat 'NUTFIELD'. This alone will be worth watching. We'll need help with the preparation work, clearing the way for the path and raking the aggregate. Once laid we'll plant more trees and perhaps add a bench. INSTALLING BENCHES BETWEEN CANDLE BRIDGE (50) AND BLISWORTH ARM - We are just waiting for the go ahead from Canal and River Trust. The benches will either be purchased from CRT's preferred supplier or hopefully we'll be able to do what we've always done, use local craftsmen and locally sourced wood to create our own. We'll also be giving the Spinney benches some preservative treatment to see them through the winter, clearing the path edges and generally sprucing up the area. Some villagers have donated some trees and wildflowers which we'll plant on their behalf. We may also get round to installing a knee rail around the car park boundary.

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Our 3 Duke of Edinburgh students have been busy again. This time painting lock beams, the Spinney picnic tables and the back wall of the Tunnel Hut. Their help over the last few months has been invaluable, they have learnt new skills and proved themselves to be really hardworking and sensible individuals. They have certainly made a difference to how the local community can continue to enjoy the canal-side area.

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Making a Difference!