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Restoring waterways – Britain’s blue-green infrastructure – is good for people and places.

We’re campaigning for:

Over the last 75 years – since IWA was formed – more than 500 miles of waterway have been restored; but there are over 500 miles of waterway yet to restore.

Canal restorations bring benefits at every stage

They can act as a trigger for regeneration, attracting visitors and investment to the area. Businesses enjoy the new waterside developments and jobs are created. Flat paths alongside the re-built canals offer perfect leisure activity conditions for walking, jogging and fishing.

Overall, the waterways instil a renewed feeling of pride and community amongst the local population.

We lead, support & champion restoration

We have a long and successful history of leading and supporting restoration – championing restoration at every level of government and offering expert engineering, planning and fundraising advice.

Our Waterway Recovery Group helps restore waterways by running week-long working holidays and weekend digs on restoration sites, as well as by providing training for restoration volunteers.

Waterway restoration

Working holidays

Our Waterway Recovery Group run practical restoration activity holidays called ‘canal camps’.

Restoration advice

Our virtual Restoration Hub is a shared space for waterway restoration volunteers, organisations and other groups.

Restoration News

Waterways under restoration

Restoration features