Upcoming Dates for 2020

London WRG

London WRG volunteers come from London, South East and even as far away as Cromford. The group travels across England on its mission to restore canals. A minibus leaves Waterloo station around 7pm on the Friday night and the driver is always happy to give lifts.

  • 18th/19th Jan - Chelmer & Blackwater
  • 8th/9th Feb - T.B.A.
  • 29th Feb/1st Mar - Shropshire Canal (Blists Hill)
  • 4th/5th Apr - Wey & Arun Canal
  • 25th/26th Apr - Cotswold Canals

WRG North West

WRG North West is based in Manchester and covers the North of England, though forays as far East as Grantham and South as Lichfield are not unknown. In addition it holds Paperchases (waste paper collections) in North Manchester approximately once every five weeks to raise funds, which are an excellent way of meeting the group.

  • 18th/19th Jan - Hollinwood Canal
  • 8th/9th Feb - Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal
  • 7th/8th Mar - Shrewsbury & Newport Canals


WRG BITM (Bit in the Middle) usually covers central areas of England but travels as far north as Grantham and as far west as the Stover Canal in Devon. Some of our volunteers come from the Home Counties, and others from Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Kent and Devon.

  • 18th/19th Jan - Basingstoke Canal
  • 15th/16th Feb - Thames & Medway Canal
  • 21st/22nd Mar - Wendover Arm

Essex WRG

Essex WRG is currently focusing its volunteer efforts on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation and often dig with Inland Waterways Association's Chelmsford Branch.

WRG Forestry

WRG Forestry is a team of qualified chainsaw operators that carry out weekend digs across England and Wales felling trees and clearing scrub where needed.

  • 11th/12th Jan - Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation
  • 14th to 16th Feb - Shrewsbury & Newport Canal
  • 7th/8th March - Cotswold Canals
  • 28th/29th March - River Parrett

If you want to get involved contact the Regional Groups directly or Head office at enquiries@wrg.org.uk or call 01494 783453 ex 604