Waterway Restoration | IWA Restoration Hub

Welcome to the IWA Restoration Hub. We are passionate about bringing hundreds of miles of derelict canals and rivers across the country back to life. Our Restoration Hub champions restoration and provides access for restoration groups to the collective knowledge and expertise of our volunteers and staff.

Hundreds of miles of the UK’s canals and river navigations have been saved from dereliction since IWA was founded in 1946. Many more miles are gradually being restored thanks to the work of volunteers and the hundreds of trust and societies spread all over the country.

Waterways are an incredibly valuable asset and research has shown that the restoration of waterways can bring economic, social and environment benefits to an area. Find out more about the benefits of canal and river restoration.

Championing Restoration

We have a long history of leading and supporting waterway restoration campaigns. Take a look at the canal restoration campaign overview and find out more about the waterways that have been restored, current projects and how you can get involved.

Restoration Resources

We are constantly working to support restoration projects and improve the resources we have available on the website. Take a look at an overview of the waterway restoration resources we have available or more specific resources below: