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Wessex Waterways

Restoration Trust

Waterways,    Walks    &    Wildlife

The ultimate goal is a continous waterway linking the Kennet & Avon Canal near Melksham to the River Thames at Abingdon, with the branch from Swindon connecting to the Thames & Severn Canal near Cricklade.  The Calne branch is also included.

By restoring long sections of canal towpaths we can provide countryside walks for ramblers, birdwatchers, photographers etc., 

A clean, living waterway with healthy, well looked after hedgerows provides a marvellous habitat for all sorts of fauna and flora.  Bees, butterflies and all sorts of insects appreciate the return of the wild flowers that proliferate along a canal bank, and fish will soon appear as if by magic.

For over 40 years dedicated volunteers have been working to restore the old Wilts & Berks and North Wilts canals to full navigation as part of the national waterways system.  A great deal has been acheived, but there is still a long way to go.

In the early days the focus was on volunteers preserving the remains of the canal and restoring sections as public amenities.  Currently the focus is on the bigger projects, using contractors.

The aim of the Wessex Waterways Restoration Trust is to re-introduce the smaller projects, using volunteers, to open up areas of the canal for public enjoyment, with, of course, the landowners permission. Projects could also include the building, or renovating, of locks, spillweirs and accomadation bridges.

Each project will be self-contained, with its own leader and team.  

Why not join us..............