Restora­tion makes it a fam­ily af­fair

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WA­TER­WAY RE­COV­ERY GROUP has 28 vol­un­teer canal camps planned on 13 dif­fer­ent canal restora­tion sites for this year, in­clud­ing one with a dif­fer­ence – for the first time, there will be a Fam­ily Canal Camp week­end, open to fam­i­lies with chil­dren aged be­tween 8 and 14.

The camps will of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties vary­ing from re­build­ing a weir on the North Wal­sham & Dil­ham Canal in Nor­folk to restor­ing a lock on the Cotswolds canals or re­pair­ing a canal basin on the Stover in Devon; with the fam­ily camp tak­ing place on Stafford­shire’s Ut­tox­eter Canal.

“We are re­ally pleased we now have a work­able pro­gramme in place to en­able fam­i­lies with chil­dren to en­joy the ca­ma­raderie and canal ex­pe­ri­ence to­gether,” said Mike Palmer, WRG Chair­man. “It’s been a long-stand­ing am­bi­tion to in­tro­duce younger vol­un­teers in a fun, safe way and if we get the up­take that we’re hop­ing for, we plan to ex­pand the Fam­ily Camp op­por­tu­ni­ties in fu­ture years.”

In the sum­mer of 2016 WRG vol­un­teers con­trib­uted over £400,000 worth of vol­un­teer hours to­wards restor­ing the canal net­work of Eng­land and Wales. WRG also at­tracts a wide range of vol­un­teers from abroad and its friend­ship with the French vol­un­teer­ing group REMPART and other Euro­pean vol­un­teers con­tin­ues to grow. Over 20 in­ter­na­tional vol­un­teers from Spain, Italy, Ger­many and France at­tended a Canal Camp in 2016. In ad­di­tion, WRG helped 58 Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award par­tic­i­pants com­plete their Gold Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award res­i­den­tial sec­tion.

See wa­ter­ways.org.uk for a full list of this year’s camps and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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