About Us

This menu heading page summarises the Wendover Arm Trust (WAT) charity. For more information about the Wendover Canal that the Trust promotes, its History, and our Governance, Policies 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. It was 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, Registered in England No. 2353392. It is 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. There was also an imminent risk of the severing of the canal by the proposal to construct the Aston Clinton by-pass. The aims of WAT are to:

  • Maintain and improve the waterway for the use and benefit of all, which also increases biodiversity.
  • Promote the fullest use of the canal by all forms of waterborne traffic
  • Encourage the fullest use of the canal for all forms of local amenity, tourist and recreational, and water-related activities for the benefit of the public.
  • Promote and educate the public in the history, use and associated wildlife of the Wendover Canal.
  • Restore, reconstruct and preserve the Wendover Canal, with a net benefit to the public.

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