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Volunteer to help heritage

However much time or experience you have, you can help save waterways heritage.

Save Waterways Heritage

By making a donation, you will help save waterways heritage for you and the next generation.

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Help us to protect the future of our waterways

Join waterways-lovers across Britain to campaign for the 7,000 miles of unique waterways heritage.



We are passionate about protecting and restoring Britain’s network of canals and navigable rivers for everyone to enjoy.

The inland waterways are special outdoor places – sometimes tranquil and sometimes bustling – whose unique heritage and habitats are under threat from lack of funding and inconsiderate planning.

We campaign locally and nationally for the waterways – supporting restorations, lobbying parliament, championing regeneration and raising waterways users concerns. We’re also prone to rolling up our sleeves and giving the waterways a bit of TLC.

Our members are waterways-lovers from all walks of life who want to preserve and improve the network for future generations.

Greener boating

We are campaigning for boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable.

Preserving heritage

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk.

Safeguarding waterways

Hundreds of miles of waterways are currently starved of funding.

Volunteers working on the restoration of the Stover Canal

Restoring waterways

Bringing Britain’s blue infrastructure back to life is good for people and places.

Inland Waterways Events