WRG Trains Volunteers of the Future at Waterways Festival

Issue date: 5th August 2013

IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group successfully ran excavator driving and WOW bricklaying experiences on their stand over the weekend of the National Waterways Festival. The bricklaying activity was as popular as ever but the real success for 2013 was the new ‘learn to drive a digger’ experience. Hewden Plant Hire kindly donated the use of a 3-tonne excavator allowing members of the public to learn basic excavator skills under the instruction of WRG volunteers. The experience proved to be a popular activity over the weekend, with over 80 members of the public, aged between 3 and 62, taking part in the 15 minute experience – let’s hope it encourages a wider range of people to get involved in canal restoration work in the future.