About Us

This page tells you all about the Wendover Arm Trust (WAT) and our policies. For more information about the Wendover Canal that the Trust promotes, its History, and our Governance and Annual Reports, see the pages below this page in the menu.

Registered Address: Wendover Arm Trust, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1WA.
Regd Charity No. 801190.

WAT was formed in February 1989 as a voluntary body, set up to promote the restoration of the Wendover Canal (historically known as the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal). WAT is a company limited by guarantee and without share capital, and is a registered charity. The canal itself, like most canals in England and Wales, is managed for the nation by the Canal and River Trust.

At the time of formation, there was a danger of the canal suffering further deterioration due to neglect, and the severing of the canal by what was then only a proposal to construct the Aston Clinton by-pass.

If we paraphrase WAT’s Articles of Association, the aims are:

  • To maintain and improve the waterway for the use and benefit of all, which also increases biodiversity.
  • To promote the fullest use of the waterway by all forms of waterborne traffic and for all forms of local amenity, tourist and recreational, and water-related activities for the benefit of the public.
  • To promote and educate the public in the history, use and associated wildlife of canals and inland waterways generally, and of the Arm in particular.
  • To restore, reconstruct, preserve, and maintain canals and inland waterways and works and auxiliary works and buildings generally, provided that there is a net benefit to the public.

Click below to view or download the Aims & Rules of the Trust, and our policies. Policies which are specific to our Restoration can be found on those pages of this website.

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