We are looking to recruit a new head of fundraising for the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust.

Company days out - Many local firms have visited us for a fun day away from the office/workplace volunteering on canal restoration. We have a variety of jobs always on offer depending upon the time of year and the physical abilities and numbers of visitors.

It's not easy restoring 70 miles of Canal... As well as the obvious physical requirements, we have a fair amount of red tape to navigate too. Thankfully, our Head of Comms, Chris Barry, is leading our Performance Improvement Group (yes, a PIG) into new, positive relationships between WBCT and local MPs.

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded almost £14,000 from the Inland Waterways Association's Waterways in Progress fund. It will build on the biodiversity work already undertaken by our volunteers at Canal Park, just outside Shrivenham. This will include building wildlife trails and habitats, installing bird and bat boxes - and putting water back in the canal there, using an eco-friendly solar pump.

The work will take place this year and next, and should be completed by December 2021.

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Thanks and congratulations to everyone who has helped with clearing the reeds that have been building up at East Wichel, Swindon. We've so far had two reed removal events, but there will be more. Read on to get involved.

 

 

 

We would like to share our plans for the future with you, and so please see the link below for the Wiltshire, Swindon and Oxfordshire canal partnership strategy for complete restoration and development of the Wilts and Berks canal. The original document is 117 pages long, so we have produced an abridged version for easier reading - please excuse the incorrect page numbers as a result of this.

Click here to view PDF.

Voting is open for the public to choose the best civil engineering scheme in the South West, and the canalside development at Wichelstowe is one of the nominees. "Besides the economic and social benefits to the local community, the restored section of the canal has enhanced a key foraging and movement corridor for wildlife. With the opposite bank being naturalised with a marginal shelf, aquatic planting and an ecology zone providing native planting."

We want to recruit 2020 new members in 2020. We chose the number because it's easy to remember and ambitious. We need to build our base of committed members to drive forward the biggest canal restoration project in England.

Most canal users are not in boats, but on the towpath – walking, cycling, fishing, or just out there enjoying the tranquility. In wooded areas, the Japanese call it shinrin-yoku – forest bathing – but just being by water engenders feelings of relaxation. Part of this is being in the presence of wildlife, and canals, as blue-green corridors, have wildlife aplenty!