Anyone intending to attend one of these events for the first time should contact the organisers beforehand and wear suitable clothing and footwear. If staying all day take a packed lunch unless other arrangement indicated.

Wednesdays March 16, 23, 30

IWA Ipswich Branch supporting River Gipping Trust: Pipps Ford (Needham Market, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 8LJ) or Baylham Mill Lock (Mill Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 8LG) River Gipping. Meet at 9am to continue clearing storm damage to Pipps Ford or carry out maintenance at Baylham Mill Lock, finish at 3.30-4pm. Contact Martin Bird 01394 380765,

Thursday March 17

IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch and Trent & Mersey Canal Society: Monthly work party on the Cheshire Locks, Trent & Mersey Canal. 10am-3pm. Meet outside CRT Red Bull Offices. There is limited parking at Red Bull Wharf, Congleton Road South (A34), Church Lawton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST7 3AP.  Contact: John Brighouse 0780 887317,


Saturday March 19

IWA Manchester BranchClean for the Queen Day: Monthly work party will focus on the Clean for the Queen campaign with litter picking, pulling rubbish out of the canal and planting around lock 4.  10am-4pm. Contact 07710 554602,


Sunday March 20

IWA Warwickshire Branch: Canal clean up in conjunction with CRT, local residents and boaters at Brownsover, Rugby. Meet near the A426 crossing of the North Oxford Canal, at Bridge 58 CV21 1AN, GR: SP 507 771, 9.30am for 10am start until 1pm. Exact car-park details and further information from


Tuesday March 22

IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch supporting the Burslem Port Trust:  Monthly work party on the Burslem Arm. Meet at Luke St, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3LY.  10am-3pm. Contact Steve Wood 07976 805858,


Wednesday March 23

IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch supporting Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society:  Monthly midweek work party at Tardebigge Lime Kilns. Meet at Canal & River Trust depot at New Wharf, Alcester Road, Tardebigge, Bromsgrove B60 1NF, 9.30am to 3pm. Work will be mostly vegetation clearance. Contact Bill Lambert 0247 672 6924,

Friday March 25

IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch:  Work party in Congleton as part of the Congleton Station project.  10am to approximately 12.30pm.  Work will include vegetation clearance and litter picking to help improve the environment around Congleton Railway Station, the Macclesfield Canal towpath and Hightown.  Meet at the Queen’s Head Pub, Park Lane, Congleton, CW12 3DE. Contact Bob Luscombe 07710 054848,


Saturday March 26

IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch: Monthly work party in the Chester area working at various locations alongside the Shropshire Union Canal. 10am-4pm. Work will include painting and vegetation clearance. Contact Mike Carter 07795 617803,


Tuesday March 29

IWA Northampton Branch: Fortnightly work party on the Northampton Arm. Work usually includes a variety of tasks such as painting, vegetation clearance and litter picking. Location to be confirmed. Contact Geoff Wood by email


For further information on any IWA events, please contact:


Alison Smedley, IWA branch campaign officer (07779 090915 or email ) or Emma Matthars, assistant volunteers coordinator (01494 783453 or email

Information can also be found on IWA’s website:







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