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 restoration is undertaken by working parties of our 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.
Next Work Parties
Working parties are held throughout the year, normally starting on the first Friday of the month. However our re-start work party is April 9th for 2 weeks. They could be shortened or cancelled by bad weather or the virus, or lengthened in good conditions. We need further help for this highly rewarding work for further information, please contact Tony Bardwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01296 634973. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Re-start: Friday 9th – Thursday 22nd April, 2021
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 finished 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.
Tidy Friday Work Parties
Tidy Friday work parties are also re-starting. They are one day each month of 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. The provisional days are below, and come after the main work parties above, even if the main work parties are extended to run for 2 weeks if weather and conditions are right. If any of the work parties only run for one week, we may bring these dates forward by a week: