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Annual Report & Accounts

Our Annual report and accounts show how we have campaigned to protect and restore the country’s 7,000 miles of canals and rivers.

Who we are



Supporting our work through a regular subscription 



On local or national committees who work on our campaigns and supporting activities


Local branches

Across the country who scrutinise planning applications; carry out local campaigns; improve canals and rivers in the area; and organise events and activities for members

2020 Summary

IWA’s charitable activities in 2020 have centred around the regeneration of the country’s canals and rivers for all waterway users. In a year marked by a global pandemic, we have demonstrated resilience and agility, continuing much of our campaigning through online channels.

Cancelling our major events has meant lost opportunities for profile raising and associated new memberships and donations. There has been a loss of thousands of volunteer working hours that help maintain, improve and restore the inland waterways each year. Canal Camp working holidays normally attract around 400 volunteers.

The most significant impacts on our income have been around the decrease in availability of grant funding as many volunteering activities such as work parties and Canal Camps were cancelled. Many funders suspended grant giving or diverted funds into the health and wellbeing of those directly affected by Covid-19. Where IWA had existing grant-funding in place, the funders have been supportive and allowed activities to be postponed.

2020 Highlights

Despite the challenges, we have continued to achieve against our five-year plan and key areas of our work in 2020. Highlights include: