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Projects where you can help restore the Wilts & Berks Canal

Access to Work Sites:

The aim of the Trust is to allow public access to the restored canal. At present much of the canal is still privately owned and although the Trust will have an agreement to work on the sites shown here, if you are visiting one of these sites you must use a route that has a public right of way.

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust does not encourage or condone trespass onto privately owned land.

Listed below are the sites where you will be able to volunteer to help with the re-construction.

Further information about all the Trust Work Parties and other restoration projects can be obtained from Work Parties Director Rachael Banyard (Tel. 01249 892289) or the Trust Office (Tel 0845 226 8567)



Shrivenham Canalside Park & Ron Martin Memorial Slipway

Looking westwards to parkCreated in 1998 with help from project partners; the canal-side park at Shrivenham is well used by the local community.

One of the few lengths of Wilts & Berks Canal actually owned by the Trust can be found on the edge of Shrivenham just to the east of Stainswick Lane at OS grid reference SU243883. Approximately 4 acres of land became available in 1996 and was purchased by the local Branch on behalf of the Trust. At this time, the included 100 metre length of canal was totally infilled, having been used by the village for many years as a local tip before being covered over and abandoned to very rough pasture.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 October 2015 12:41
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Breathing Places - River Ray Valley Moredon
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This project is clearing the towpath on a derelict in-filled section of the canal to allow access to the area as part of the BBC/Big Lottery Fund Breathing Places. River Ray Valley, Moredon, Swindon: Breathing Places - Towpath and canal bed restoration.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 March 2010 11:32
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Swindon Mouldon Hill


purton_road_200moredonlock_200In partnership with Swindon Borough Council the Trust restored this section of the canal as part of Mouldon Hill Country Park and the Cricklade County Way. The section of canal has the restored aqueduct over the River Ray, the last of the 3 Moredon locks and the newly built canal crossing under Thamesdown Way at Purton Road.  Further work to reduce leakage and improve its usability is under way.

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Moulden Hill Country Park

More than one kilometre of the North Wilts Branch from Swindon to the Thames and Severn Canal near Latton forms the southern boundary of the Mouldon Hill Country Park.   It provides a walking route along the towpath from the bridge at Purton Road / Thamesdown Drive to the restored aqueduct over the River Ray at the west end of the park.  This section was restored some years ago but it has a long history of engineering problems and needs further work to reduce leakage and stabilise the hillside above it. Work over the next few years is being planned which will see it fully completed and ready for small boats, including bringing the lock into operation.  The canal is now inhabited by Great Crested Newts and the reed beds support rare birds, all protected species, and so the first stage is to devise a plan to provide them with safe havens and then gain a licence from Natural England to relocate the newts.  We are currently (Spring 2015) still seeking planning consent and dealing with water resource problems. Only when we have planning consent can we get the licence to move the newts.

This restoration project will be the next major project for volunteer works in the Swindon area. Over a two year period we will clean out the canal, repair the leaks and restore the lock to working condition. We will be doing the work with volunteers and particularly need more people to help with the environmental improvement tasks.

 When we are able to start work we will need people to help monitor the newt fencing, trap and translocate the newts, plant the new ponds and reed beds and maintain them until well-established with conditions suited to newts and birds as well as doing all the canal repairs.

 
If you would like to help with these tasks, or can suggest people or organisations that can help, or want more information on the project please contact the project manager Rod Hacker at  Rodney Hacker  or 01793 347715."

 

 

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The next major project in the Swindon Area will be completion of the restoration of the canal
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Mouldon Hill Country Park. Over a two year period we will clean out the canal, repair the
leaks and restore the lock to working condition. We will be doing the work with volunteers
and particularly need more people to help with the environmental improvement tasks.
 
 
 
 
 
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We have completed the environmental surveys.  Before we start restoration we have to trap
and relocate the great crested newts (a European protected species) to new ponds nearby.
We plan to start work early in 2014 but first we have to get a licence from Natural England in
which we will name the leaders for the relocation and the maintenance of the new ponds.
 
 
 
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We need people to help monitor the newt fencing, trap and translocate the newts,
plant the new ponds and maintain them until well-established with conditions
suited to newts for breeding.
 
If you would like to help with these tasks, or can suggest people or organisations
that can help, or want more information on the project please contact the
project manager Rod Hacker at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 01793 347715.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2015 14:25
 
Kingshill / Rushley Platt

In partnership with Swindon Borough Council the Trust restored this section of the canal as a joint project to also create a wetlands habitat at Rushey Platt.

The project was mainly funded by the Millennium Commission.This section of canal also has a rebuilt stone arched near Mill Lane ( Beavans Bridge).

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 15:15
 
Chaddington Lock and Spillweir

This project is nearing completion and has rebuilt Chaddington Lock and a spill weir.
Current work is to re-profile the canal bed prior to re-watering this section.

Successful Grant Award

In October 2008 the Chaddington spillweir project won a £2200 Community Grant from the North Wilts DC Area Committee. The funding will be used to hire specialist machinery for dredging and will be a great boost to progress.

Below is a visit in autumn 2008 to see the completed spill weir

Last Updated on Friday, 07 August 2009 12:04
 
Templars Firs

Probably one of the first restoration projects on the canal the canal walk at Templars Firs is a very popular local venue

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 July 2009 09:55
 
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