Volunteer Work Parties

IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch are now holding monthly work parties in 3 locations, as well as additional projects, so wherever you live in the branch area there will be a work party near you!  Why not come along and join in? 


Throughout the year, lots of volunteer work parties take place, in many cases working in partnership with other organisations.

The 3 locations for monthly (or moreoften) work parties are Burslem, Cheshire Locks and the Uttoxeter Canal, with other occasional projects on the Caldon Canal. 

No experience is necessary. You can turn up just for the morning or the afternoon, or come for the whole day and bring a packed lunch.

All tools will be provided – you just need to wear stout shoes and bring waterproofs in case of rain.

The work party leaders named below can all be contacted using the format firstname.lastname@waterways.org.uk


Burslem, Trent & Mersey Canal

Twice monthly work parties on the Burslem Branch of the Trent & Mersey Canal held jointly with the Burslem Port Trust on the 1st Saturday and 4th Tuesday of every month, and some additional Saturdays. 

Work party leader: Steve Wood

Cheshire Locks, Trent & Mersey Canal

A regular monthly work party held jointly with the Trent & Mersey Canal Society, as part of the Cheshire Locks Project, on the 3rd Thursday each month.

Tasks will include vegetation management, clearing cobble setts, painting fences, balance beams and bollards. 

Work party leader:  John Brighouse


Bridge 70, Denstone, Uttoxeter Canal

A monthly work party held jointly with the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canals Trust, on the 2nd Thursday of each month. 

Tasks will include vegetation clearance and controlling invasive species (Himalayan Balsam). 

Work party leader:  Steve Wood


Himalayan Balsam Work Parties - Caldon Canal

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive plant that is taking over sections of waterway all across the country. In order to do our bit, work parties have been held in recent years in an attempt to try to control it in the Churnet Valley.

Himalayan Balsam bashing is a fairly straight forward task – it pulls up fairly easily, and we also slash larger areas of it. When work parties are arranged, all equipment will be provided – you just need to bring yourselves and some waterproofs in case of rain!

This task is suitable for all ages, so you can bring the family. All children, however, must be supervised by a parent or other nominated adult.

Himalayan Balsam work parties dates for 2017 will be advised nearer the time. 

Work party leader:  Alison Smedley

Work Party Reports

Read all about the branch work parties that have already taken place by looking at the Branch magazine, Knobsticks