PRESS RELEASE: IWA grant boosts work on Shrewsbury & Newport Canal

Issue date: 4th May 2016

Restoration of the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals has been given a boost by a grant of £3000 from The Inland Waterways Association to Norbury to Newport Canal Restoration Community Interest Company (NTNCR), to facilitate the work being carried out on the Newport Branch of the canal. 

The grant money has been allocated to materials and equipment used by volunteers at the canal camps run by IWA’s subsidiary, Waterway Recovery Group, at Forton, between Norbury and Newport in Shropshire.  

Speaking at the annual Norbury Canal Festival, held at the junction where the Newport Branch joined what is now the Shropshire Union Main Line, Bernie Jones from the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust, which works very closely with NTNCR said:  "We are very grateful for the continued support of IWA. Without this vital assistance it would be very difficult for us to fund the two WRG camps we have planned this year. The money will largely be used for plant hire and to cover material costs to enable us to re-water the section of our canal at Forton."

The two Canal Camps run by Waterway Recovery Group will take place from 13th to 20th August and 20th to 27th August and whilst the first week is now fully booked, there are still spaces available on the second week for a few more volunteers wishing to spend a working holiday on this rural canal in Shropshire. 



Photo – WRG volunteers on a previous canal camp on the Newport Branch.

Press Contact

For more information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing or phoning 07779 090915.

Notes for Editors

IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group. 

IWA - Keeping our waterways alive.

IWA's Waterway Recovery Group provides practical and technical support to waterways restoration projects across the country as well as providing skills training for volunteers.

Photo – WRG volunteers on a previous canal camp on the Newport Branch.