Give a little, Get a Lot!

This year WRG will run 35 canal camps at 16 different sites in 2016, providing places for up to 580 volunteers to help restore some of the country’s best-loved waterways.

WRG has built up an unrivalled capability in canal restoration over 45 years, and now its volunteers provide the catalyst for significant progress on canal restoration projects in a relatively short space of time. The intensive canal camps support the year-round restoration work of local canal societies and trusts across England and Wales.

Hear from our volunteers Paul, Amanda, James and Dan about their experiences on a Canal Camp and find out why you should dig canals too


The camps, typically each a week long and housed in village halls, have become well-known over the years as rewarding opportunities for experienced volunteers to share their expertise and for newer enthusiasts to learn valuable practical skills while exploring parts of Britain’s rich industrial heritage.

This year WRG will provide renewed impetus to work including uncovering and repairing a derelict canal basin on the Stover Canal in South Devon, building a new bridge on the Wey & Arun Canal at Compasses Bridge and relining sections of canal  near Newport, Shropshire.