Volunteering Work on the Hereford and Gloucester Canal
The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust is restoring the Canal as a navigable waterway, which, when completed, will rank as one of the most attractive cruising routes in the country.
The Trust has a number of very enthusiastic teams of volunteers working at various locations along the whole line of the canal from Gloucester to Hereford.
Would you like to get involved with the Canal’s Restoration?
Types of work undertaken by our volunteers – On Restoration Sites:
You could be involved with some of these tasks:
- Towpath maintenance
- Undergrowth clearance
- Tree planting
- Grass cutting
- Fence erecting
- Painting and decorating
- Path laying
- Drystone walling, mixing mortar, brick-laying or concreting
- Driving dumpers, bulldozers or excavators
- Chain sawing
- Building and repairing structures like locks, bridges and aqueducts
- Boat maintenance
- … and so the list goes on …
The Trust has a number of sites where volunteers work on a regular basis. We also have new sites developing each year. Some of our volunteers stick to a particular location whilst others prefer to go where they are needed along the line of the Canal.
- Oxenhall and Newent – (Tuesdays) – Recent work here has seen the completion of the restoration of the lock chamber, as well as restoration of the Ell Brook Aqueduct and more recently clearance of the former Newent railway station site. Work going forward will focus on re-construction of a completely missing lock chamber at Oxenhall, and development of the boat lift plan for Newent.
- Malswick – (Tuesdays)
- Over Basin/Vineyard Hill (Gloucester) – (Wednesdays) This is our largest site. Work includes maintenance of the site and equipment, projects to develop and enhance site facilities. Work also includes an engineering workshop, trip boat refurbishing. Volunteers are currently restoring some heritage boats. Recent work includes restoration of a new 300m length of canal at Vineyard Hill that is now in water. Towpath building, a new spill weir and much planting and landscaping.
- Yarkhill (Herefordshire) – Thursdays – present work includes: Canal bank profiling, conservation, logging and general site maintenance.
- Kymin East (Herefordshire) – Work here is undertaken on an intermittent basis as needed.
- Aylestone Park (Hereford) – Work here and elsewhere in the Hereford locality is undertaken on an intermittent basis as needed.
Volunteer Work Party Calendar
Types of work undertaken by our volunteers – Behind the Scenes
Volunteering does not have to involve mud and mortar. People with desk-top, telephone and computer skills are also greatly valued:
- Project planning and development, quantity surveying, civil engineering and building. Please contact Eamonn McGurk – email@example.com
- Identifying and reviewing planning applications that affect the line of the canal – which theoretically is protected from adverse development. Please contact John Kilpatrick – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Design, marketing and promoting – see section on Sales Team below. Please contact Janet Moult – email@example.com
- Legal work, accounting and Office support – help with the operation of the Trust. Dealing with post, asssiting board members with processing of bills, responding to issues with Trust properties and other matters as they arise..Much of this can potentially be done from home, with occasional visits to Trust HQ. Please contact Philip Marshall – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fundraising and bidding for grant aid – we urgently need help to form a team for occasional fundraising events and in identifying and applying for grant funding. Please contact Debbie Barber – email@example.com
- Researching local canal history and running our archives
- and so the list goes on again !!
Helping on our Sales Stand – Promoting the canal restoration
You could help us to publicise the Hereford and Gloucester Canal by attending local and national events with our stands, and raising money for the Canal restoration. Or you could be involved with our own open day and festival events.
Skills like …
advertising • selling • giving talks • events management • making cakes • website design • running craft stands • talking to the public, all help us a great deal.
Raising funds and awareness of this important project is vital for the progress of the Canal’s restoration. Our Sales and Information Stand can be seen at many Waterways and Country Shows during the year.
We have two small teams of volunteers based at Hereford and Gloucester to cover both local and national events. Come and visit, or better still, join us on the stand?
Why not have a good day out with the H&G CT?
We cannot promise that you will see the world with us but you may visit an area that is new to you – and we always do our utmost to ensure that you have some time to look around (and your admission to the event will be free!
We urgently need additional volunteers to help us at these interesting events. Our small but well-established teams will make you very welcome! Please Contact Us to discuss where and when you can get involved.
Who gets involved as a volunteer?
With so many skills that we can make good use of and opportunities that are available on offer a wide range of people join us as volunteers. This includes:
- People looking for work who know adding volunteer experience to their CV is beneficial
- Retired people who enjoy the regular opportunities to get involved with a wide range of projects.
- Retired people who have a number of very useful skills to share.
- Young people doing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, usually at Gold Level.
- People who work in an office all week but need some fresh air and exercise at weekend. They treat volunteering as a ‘green gym’.
- People who wish to learn new skills.
- People who want to make new friends.
- Companies which have groups of their employees wishing to do some valuable team building outside their work environment.
- … and yes, even people who, quite literally, want to see our Canal Restored!
- You too could help as a volunteer for the H&G CT!
Volunteers are usually keen to learn new skills and gain great pride in the work and effort put into the tasks. You can learn new skills like brick-laying, or driving dumpers, bulldozers or excavators. Training and support is always available depending on the tasks being undertaken.
Health and safety
We have experienced team leaders in charge of each site and volunteers are required to work under their leadership. Tasks are risk assessed and safety helmets and vizi-jackets are provided, as well as other safety gear depending on the nature of the task. The Trust takes health and safety very seriously; an H&S officer for the Trust inspects the sites on a regular basis.
Many of our volunteers come to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience from past jobs and hobbies. We are very pleased when this knowledge can be shared with other volunteers and is of great benefit to the H&G CT. If you have expertise that you would like to share with the Trust please get in touch.
Membership of the Trust
Although it is not essential that our volunteers are also members of the Trust there are very few occasions when volunteers are not enthused enough to also want to become part of our organisation. Subscriptions are not high and your joining helps to show a strength of support with grant aid bids and liaising with other organisations.
See our Join the Trust pages for more details on becoming a Member.
We can not accept volunteers under the age of 17 but we have no upper age limit.
How to get Involved:
You can download a form and post it to:
Restoration Volunteers, The Wharf House, Over, Gloucester, GL2 8DB
Or email your details via from our Contact Us page on this website
Please help us to restore this Canal by becoming a volunteer today!