Issue date: 9th May 2014
The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) welcomes Canal & River Trust's (CRT) renewed commitment to the restoration of Britain's inland waterways, and has provided funding to enable them to do it.
IWA has organised a workshop for restoration groups, jointly with CRT, which will take place on Saturday 10th May.
IWA intends that the workshop should provide local waterway groups with more support to assist in the development of their restoration projects. Delegates will hear from external experts who will present their research in to the economic and social benefits of waterway restoration, take part in discussion groups, and see the launch of a new video that demonstrates the wider benefits of restoration.
IWA and CRT have recently formed a Restoration Partnership to raise awareness of, and encourage broad support for waterway restoration. As part of this, IWA's Restoration Committee provided a grant of £5,000 towards the cost of two new CRT staff members, recruited to focus on restoration.
These initiatives build on IWA's long history of waterway restoration campaigns, that has seen hundreds of miles of waterways saved and restored to use, since the Association was founded in 1946:
IWA's National Chairman, Les Etheridge said "We're really pleased to see that Canal & River Trust is getting behind the campaign to support restoration of the UK's canals and rivers. We hope that their commitment to the promotion of restoration will continue to raise awareness, support, and investment in local projects, for the benefit of the wider waterways community."
Les Etheridge added "Today, people using the Kennet & Avon, Ripon, Caldon, Peak Forest, Droitwich and Bridgwater & Taunton canals, and many others, plus river navigations such as the Upper Great Ouse, so easily forget that these were once derelict waterways reliant on IWA and other voluntary support. We need to encourage today's restorers, who face even greater challenges, to achieve simliar great feats. The active support of CRT is a vital step in this process, which is why we welcome this opportunity to work together."
Resources for waterway restoration groups can be found on IWA's website.
Notes for Editors
Image: Droitwich Barge Lock which was reopened in 2008 after restoration work carried out by IWA's Waterway Recovery Group (photo by Chris Handscombe) Download image from Flickr.
About The Inland Waterways Association
About Waterway Recovery Group
About CRT: The Canal & River Trust is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales. They are among the largest charities in the UK, maintaining the nation’s third largest collection of Listed structures, as well as museums, archives, navigations and hundreds of important wildlife sites.
About Southern Stratford-upon-Avon Canal: In the post war years the Southern Stratford-upon-Avon Canal was neglected and became a candidate for abandonment. IWA started a restoration campaign led and directed by David Hutchings. Dedicated volunteers, prisoners from Hewel Grange, Army and Air Force work groups descended to clear and restore the waterway. By 1964 the canal was navigable and reopened by HM The Queen Mother. David made his political point that canal restoration was feasible and wanted by an increasing fleet of boat users.
|IWA campaigns for the use, maintenance and restoration of Britain's inland waterways.
|Volunteers restoring the waterways. The Waterway Recovery Group is part of IWA.
Image: Droitwich Barge Lock which was reopened in 2008 after restoration work carried out by IWA's Waterway Recovery Group (photo by Chris Handscombe)
Download image from Flickr