The 2020 drive for 2020 new members


East Vale work party heading along Stockham section to find and mend a leakThe Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is driving the biggest, most complex, and most rewarding canal restoration in England. The trust has a little over 1,400 subscribing members. That number includes the 260 who do the voluntary work that restores our heritage canal, bringing lifestyle benefits to many communities across Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.

We have a target to recruit 2,020 new members.

Why 2,020? Because it is a memorable number! The Trust is now recruiting to expand its firm foundation of subscribing members. Many new members will simply take pleasure in knowing that they are part of a fascinating project for the public benefit. Some will want to join our volunteers, but nobody is ever pressured to go in that direction.Fun & games being had by all at Melksham Food & River Festival!

For those who choose to volunteer we have opportunities in many roles, from wildlife nurture to bricklaying and lock gate repairing via media communications and accounting. We still have much to tackle to restore all 72 miles of our canal and reconnect it to the Kennet and Avon canal and to the Thames at Abingdon and Cricklade.

Please join us. Our members are a happy band of brothers and sisters who enjoy participating in this hugely rewarding project. They can already see the public’s pleasure in using those stretches of our line where their efforts have built tranquil waterside parks for walking, cycling, angling and boating. We need all the help we can get; you will enjoy giving it. 

Gordon Olson
Chief Executive Officer.