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All About the Inland Waterways Association (IWA)

Introduction


Since 1946 the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has been working for the retention, maintenance and restoration of our canals and rivers and continues to be the waterways leading national charity with individual and corporate members including all the leading local Restoration Societies as well as Boat Clubs and commercial companies with interests in our waterways.

IWA is run by volunteers, and has members whose interests include boating, towpath walking, industrial archaeology, nature conservation and many other activities associated with the inland waterways.

IWA also restores canals through its Waterways Recoverery Group (WRG) and its support for the many local restoration societies. IWA encourages multiple use of the canals by walkers, cyclists, anglers, boaters, naturlist and others who value the waterside environment.

See more about IWA on the followig pages:

IWA History

Restoration

Oganisation

Festivals

Corporate Members

10 Good Reasons to Join IWA

The Inland Waterways Association:-

  • Campaigns for properly funded waterways
  • Supports waterways restoration
  • Provides over 5000 days of volunteer labour per year
  • Helps improve your local waterways
  • Provides a voice for waterway users and businesses
  • Monitors planning applications
  • Educates people about the waterways
  • Provides expert advice on restoration
  • Arranges affordable insurance for waterway societies
  • Organises restoration holidays for young people

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The Waterways Recovery Group (WRG)

WRG are a voluntary organisation helping restore the derelict waterways of Britain. For those who want to get outdoors and dirty they organise working holidays and Summer camps restoring the waterways.

For more information, brouchre, sebscribing to Navvies magazine, etc. see the Waterways Recovery Group website at www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/.

Regions and Branches

IWA is organised locally through 8 Regions (Eastern, East Midlands, London, North East & Yorkshire, North West, South East, South West, and West Midlands) each having local Branches. Branches hold regular meetings with talks, slide shows, open evenings etc., and most produce a local newsletter or magazine. They also are key to monitoring the local waterways and developments that may affect their environment. Keeping an eye on local plamnning applications is an import part of this.

Branches also take a lead in local restoration projects and local campagians on waterways issues as well as taking practical measures such as canal clean ups

 

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