New Family Canal Camp for 201704 January 2017
IWA's Waterway Recovery Group has announced its 2017 programme of canal restoration working holidays for volunteers of all ages. The week-long holidays, called Canal Camps, offer a unique opportunity to volunteer and learn new skills, whilst exploring amazing parts of Britain’s industrial heritage. WRG has 28 Canal Camps planned for 2017 on 13 different canal restoration sites, offering volunteers the chance to rebuild a weir on the North Walsham & Dilham Canal in Norfolk, restore a lock on the Cotswold Canals, or repair a canal basin on the Stover Canal in Devon.
For the first time WRG is running a Family Canal Camp weekend, open to families with children aged between 8 and 14, which will take place on the Uttoxeter Canal.
Mike Palmer, WRG Chairman, commented: “We are really pleased we now have a workable programme in place to enable families with children to enjoy the camaraderie and canal experience together. It’s been a long-standing ambition to introduce younger volunteers in a fun, safe way and if we get the uptake that we’re hoping for we plan to expand the Family Camp opportunities in future years."
WRG volunteering holidays act as a catalyst for canal restoration projects, enabling significant progress to be made on a site in just one week. Working together, WRG volunteers can achieve great things such as building a canal basin and new section of canal, restoring a flight of locks, removing tonnes of rubbish from a canal or even rebuilding a bridge. In the summer of 2016 WRG volunteers contributed over £400,000 in volunteer hours towards restoring the canal network of England and Wales!
WRG also attracts a wide range of volunteers from abroad and its friendship with the French volunteering group REMPART and other European volunteers continues to grow. Over 20 international volunteers from Spain, Italy, Germany and France attended a Canal Camp in 2016. In addition, WRG helped 58 Duke of Edinburgh's Award participants complete their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award residential section. See the best bits from 2016. A full list of Canal Camp dates and locations is now available online. Watch our 'Who Digs Canals' video.