The canal restoration project
The trust is carrying out projects at several sites along the 23-mile canal route, as it pursues its aim of bringing the entire waterway back to navigation. While major projects including Gennets Bridge Lock, Compasses Bridge and Bramley Link Phase 1 are progressing, other schemes are being planned or are about to start up. These include land acquisition, bridge restorations and towpath improvements, as well as continuing repairs and maintenance.
Why they need our service
Since its abandonment as a commercial enterprise in 1871, many lengths of the Wey & Arun Canal have become derelict, or have disappeared on the ground. The closure of the 23-mile canal caused the loss of the inland waterway network's link with the English Channel. Alongside the commercial and boating considerations, the deterioration of the canal as a wildlife habitat has diminished the diversity of flora and fauna along its route through the West Sussex and Surrey countryside.
Plan and expected results
The trust is far from an organisation which benefits boating enthusiasts. It is creating a 23-mile 'green corridor', enhancing essential features of the natural and manmade landscape, the diversity of habitats and the nature conservation value. The canal benefits sections of the community including walkers, cyclists, joggers, horseriders, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, geocache enthusiasts and anglers. Each year, more than 10,000 people a year enjoy a trip in one of our boats and many thou