Restoration makes it a family affair
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.