The Wendover Arm Trust’s purpose is the restoration of the Wendover Canal to full navigation, which has already achieved a large Biodiversity Net Gain and will continue to do so. This work is undertaken by our team of volunteers under the watchful eye of Operations Director Tony Bardwell. Tony’s most recent monthly reports can be found in the latest posts below; older ones, and earlier Work Party Newsletters from our then-Restoration Director Roger Leishman, can be found on the Library page of this menu, under the appropriate date.
Working parties are held throughout the year, starting on the first Friday of the month, as follows:
Friday 4th – Monday 14th December, 2020
2021 Work Parties
Here are our potential dates for 2021. As usual they could be shortened or cancelled by bad weather or the virus, or lengthened in good conditions.
Friday 8th – Thursday 14th January, 2021 – note a week late, otherwise we would not get a plant delivery on Thursday 31st December, 2020!
Friday 5th – Thursday 11th February, 2021
Friday 5th – Thursday 11th March, 2021
Friday 2nd – Thursday 8th April, 2021 which includes Easter weekend
Friday 7th – Thursday 13th May, 2021
Friday 4th – Thursday 10th June, 2021
Friday 2nd – Thursday 8th July, 2021
Friday 6th – Thursday 12th August, 2021
Friday 3rd – Thursday 9th September, 2021
Friday 1st – Thursday 7th October, 2021
Friday 5th – Thursday 11th November, 2021
Friday 3rd – Thursday 9th December, 2021
We have nearly restoring the canal between the two footbridges 4A and 4. We just have to finish off in front of what was Whitehouses pumping station, and around the old and new Bridges numbered 4.
You can view what we have achieved at any time from the public towpath, above Wilstone Reservoir. There is limited visitor parking in Drayton Beauchamp village (HP22 5LT) although the work is now some distance from here, and a car park at Wilstone reservoir off Lower Icknield Way (near HP23 4NW). You may also find roadside parking around Little Tring bridge (near HP23 4NR), but please be very careful. Do come and see our volunteers in action restoring the canal and don’t be afraid to stop and make yourselves known. Any of the lads (and lassies) will be only too pleased to stop work and have a chat to explain what is going on and to answer any questions you may have.
We need further help for this highly rewarding work for further information, please contact Tony Bardwell at email@example.com or 01296 634973. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Tidy Friday Work Parties
Tidy Friday work parties are taking a break at the moment. They were light work keeping our canal, bridges and towpath looking spick and span and cared for, organised by John Reynolds. For details or to volunteer phone John on 07787 355515. Any future dates will be shown below.
Latest Restoration Posts and Reports
- December Work Party
- October 2020: Brickwork nearly done
- September 2020: Brickwork at Bridge 4 and Whitehouses
- August 2020: Construction at Bridge 4 and Whitehouses
- Operations Report for July 2020
- Brick and block work, we need volunteers!
- July 2020 – Whitehouses canalside
- March 2020, concreting between new and old Bridge 4
- February 2020, between new and old Bridge 4
- January 2020, Concreting under Bridge 4