Cleanups and Work Parties

Supported by a small team of staff, IWA branch volunteers are organising more work parties and cleanups across the waterway network than ever before. Last year, our volunteers spent around 15,000 hours clearing the canals, painting, improving towpaths and much more. These work parties can see between 10 and 100 volunteers gathering to make a visible difference to a section of canal or river.

More miles cleared

An incredible effort from our local branch volunteers has seen work parties and cleanups increase dramatically from a total of 22 work parties in 2011, to 252 in 2014, to improve your local waterways.

Find out more

Find out what projects our volunteers have been up to in our monthly work party round-ups

Get involved

Find out how you can help us make waterways better and join a canal cleanup near you.


"We have a unique heritage, which we must hand over in good order to the next generation. If enough people volunteer, they can and do make a difference."

- David King, IWA Milton Keynes Branch

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