Help Save Britain’s Industrial Heritage

Help Save Britain’s Industrial Heritage

18 December 2015

WRG has launched its schedule of canal restoring working holidays for 2016.  The week long working holidays, called Canal Camps, offer a unique opportunity to volunteer and learn new skills, whilst exploring amazing parts of Britain’s industrial heritage.  

WRG volunteers have been restoring canals for over 45 years. Canal Camps often act as a catalyst to a canal restoration project making significant progress in just one week. In the summer of 2015 WRG volunteers spent 2,400 days restoring the canals of England and Wales and WRG hopes to do even more in 2016! That’s where YOU get involved!

In 2016 there are 35 Canal Camps planned on 16 different canal restoration sites, offering volunteers the chance to uncover and repair a canal basin on the Stover Canal, restore a lock on the Grantham Canal, or build a brand new bridge on the Wey & Arun Canal.  

WRG attracts a wide range of volunteers, from young volunteers taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme; to waterway enthusiasts who wish to make a contribution to restoring and preserving the system; to teachers, doctors and office workers … basically anyone who wants to make a difference, spend time outdoors or simply have fun.

Two first time volunteers from the 2015 series of camps, Stuart and Judi Young said "The camaraderie amongst the group was brilliant, everyone mucking in together and working hard. The sense of achievement at the end of the week was amazing. We enjoyed our first camp so much that two months later, we returned for our second camp!"

A full list of Canal Camp Dates and locations is now available online or have a look at the 2016 Canal Camps Brochure which details all of the camp information.

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