The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

Charity information

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust is run by the bank side community with the aim of restoring the former canal between the river Wey in Surrey and the river Arun in West Sussex.

Founded 1973

  • Mission statement

    The Wey & Arun Canal has been called ‘London’s Lost Route to the Sea’. Most of the twenty-three miles of canal, abandoned in 1871, has survived because of its rural aspect. Many of the bridges and locks now require to be replaced. Some of the canal line needs to be replaced because of developments in the last 140 years.

    The Wey & Arun Canal Trust, comprising un-paid volunteers, is organised into groups.

    The Trustees deal with all management aspects.

    Tourism is an essential aspect for the boat group. The skippers and crew of the boat group operate the five trip boats, for the public at the weekend or charters at other times. Special public trips are run throughout the year to celebrate Christmas and similar occasions. With over 5,000 passengers enjoying the 2¼ miles of the waterway in a rural setting the boat group is a major contributor to the charity funds.

    The engineering group is turning the hertiage legacy into a viable waterway. Where possible this civil engineering work is done by volunteers.

    The restoration group prepares for engineering group activities or keeps what has been restored in good order with due regard for wildlife conservation so forming a linear park.

    Other groups, publicity and community liaison, support the core activities.

    Currently the Canal Trust membership is over 2700, a number that is supplemented in the working parties by volunteers from all parts of Southeast England.

  • Aims

    The Wey & Arun Canal Trust aims to:

    • The conservation and preservation of the canal.
    • The aim of Wey & Arun Canal Trust is to restore the former canal between the river Wey in Surrey and the river Arun in West Sussex for the public benefit.
    • To enable the access for the public to the linear park the restored canal forms
  • Overview

    Established: February 1973

    Registered Charity Number: 265331

    Board members: 15

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 200

    Phone number: 01483 421242

    Address: The Granary Flitchfold Farm Loxwood RH14 0RH

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