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AGM - IWA Guildford & Reading Branch

26 March 2018

National Trust, Dapdune Wharf, Guildford

Work Party - Rugeley

27 March 2018

Leathermill Lane Canal Bridge 66 (by Tesco) on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2JN

Work Party - Banbury

27 March 2018

Banbury, Oxfordshire

Work Party - Burslem

27 March 2018

Luke St, Middleport, Stoke on Trent, ST6 3LY

Why restore the canals?

Britain's network of canals and inland waterways are a huge linear national park - a leisure park, a vital wildlife sanctuary, an important industrial heritage site and an environment-friendly transport system all rolled into one. 

Despite this there are still over 2500 miles of derelict waterways and that's where we need your help!

Volunteer with WRG and help restore the waterways

WRG attracts a wide range of people, from young volunteers taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme; to waterway enthusiasts who wish to make a contribution to restoring and preserving the system; to people who just want to get outdoors and dirty, have fun and learn new skills.

WRG offers people a unique volunteering experience with the chance to learn traditional skills such as bricklaying and stonework, through to more modern techniques such as piling, concreting, or even how to operate machinery such as excavator or dumpers.  Volunteers attending our activities must be aged over 18, but apart from that age doesn't matter, nor does previous experience.

Find out how to get involved with WRG activities here

Latest waterway news

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Breach on Middlewich Branch

Breach on Middlewich Branch

An embankment on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal between Wardle Lock and ...

All Party Group Discusses Waterway Issues

All Party Group Discusses Waterway Issues

Transfer of the EA navigations, future waterway funding and residential moorings were among the ...

Middle Level Bill Has Progressed to the House of Lords

Middle Level Bill Has Progressed to the House of Lords

The Middle Level Bill has now been passed by the House of Commons and has gone to the House of ...

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