Could you lend a helping hand on the Wendover Arm?

Wendover Arm Trust's restoration director Roger Leishman talks to visitors about the work on site near Drayton Beauchamp
Wendover Arm Trust's restoration director Roger Leishman talks to visitors about the work on site near Drayton Beauchamp

A canal restoration open day has been hailed a resounding success after the team recruited three new members.

The Wendover Arm Trust invited people to see what they get up to in Drayton Beauchamp, near Tring, and raised more than £500 towards the project.

Membership secretary Katherine Deaney said: “The turnout was good – we had around 100 visitors throughout the day and we were lucky with the weather. It didn’t tip it down!”

Volunteers took the public on three guided tours on the day, explaining what they get up to.

Katherine said: “The day was a chance to communicate with the local population, to retain current support and recruit more.”

“I think a lot of people don’t understand exactly what we’re doing until they see it in the flesh.”

It costs £400 to restore just one metre of canal using labour – which is entirely voluntary – and modern engineering know-how.

Katherine says the trust is eager to recruit more volunteers for their monthly seven-day working parties, which involve physical work on the restoration site.

“No particular skills are needed, just enthusiasm and the ability to work outside, and training is given.”

If you’re over 16 and would like to volunteer, call Ray Orth on 01494 786868.

For more information, visit www.wendoverarmtrust.co.uk.