Waterway Restoration

In this section, you can find out about restored waterways, case studies, waterways currently under restoration, benefits of waterway restoration and information about how to get involved with current projects.

Benefits - Research has shown that the restoration of waterways can bring economic, social and environment benefits to an area. Find out more

Restoration Projects - take a look at the waterways which are currently under restoration. See also waterways proposed for restoration. These sections contain information about the individual projects and photo galleries.

Get involved! - there are many ways you can volunteer and get involved with waterway restoration. You can book onto one of the Waterway Recovery Group's Canal Camps, volunteer with one of WRG's regional groups' weekend digs or get involved in a work party organised by a local trust or society. Find out more.

Restored waterways - take a look at a list of all the waterways that have already been restored. Some case studies on completed restoration projects will be added here shortly.

History - see an overview of waterways restoration by decade, a timeline of IWA's history and some of the personalities that shaped the waterways.

Did You Know?

IWA was founded in 1946 and since then hundreds of miles of the UK’s canals and river navigations have been gradually brought back to life.

The photos below show Caen Hill Lock Flight at Devizes on the Kennet & Avon Canal, before and after restoration.

Find out more about the Kennet & Avon Canal restoration campaign.