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Talk - IWA Kent & East Sussex Branch

29 March 2017

Rye Harbour Village Hall, Rye Harbour Road, Rye Harbour, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7TR

Talk - IWA Lancashire & Cumbria Branch

30 March 2017

St Chads Parish Centre, 235 Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley PR2 8AJ

Canal Cleanup - Milton Keynes

31 March 2017

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

BCN Cleanup 2017

1 April 2017

Horseley Fields

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

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