Canal Clean-ups & Work Parties

IWA canal cleanups and work parties are at the heart of what our volunteers do. IWA Branches arrange these events across the country and throughout the year, with like-minded people gathering together to have a good time and make a visible difference to our waterways. Work can be carried out on the towpath, waterway or both with tasks including litter picking, vegetation clearance, lock painting and pulling items from the canal – as you can see there is something for everyone!

Equipment is provided and volunteers are asked to wear strong shoes, old clothes and to bring waterproofs. Tea and coffee is often available but a packed lunch should be bought if you intend to be out for the whole day.

Get involved

Canal clean-ups and work parties are listed on our calendar or take a look at the information on regular work parties.

Meet a Volunteer...

Margaret Beardsmore is part of IWA Lichfield Branch and organises its work parties. Learn all her tricks of the trade and see what it is like to volunteer on a work party in her interview.

Upcoming events

Work Party at Brereton, Rugeley

31 Mar 17 Mossley Canal Bridge 65, behind The Mossley Tavern, Armitage Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 1DQ

Canal Cleanup - Milton Keynes

31 Mar 17 Friday 31 March: Start Fenny Stratford Lock, MK1 1BY
Saturday 1 April: Start Giffard Park pub, MK14 5QN

Work Party - Burslem Port

01 Apr 17 Luke St, Middleport, Stoke on Trent, ST6 3LY

Work Party - Northampton

02 Apr 17

Work Party - River Gipping

05 Apr 17 Pipps Ford, Needham Market, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 8LJ or Baylham Mill, Lock Mill Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 8LG