The Montgomery Canal Restoration Appeal is being managed by the Appeal Steering Group on behalf of:-

The Friends of the Montgomery Canal, registered charity number 510448.

Shropshire Union Canal Society, registered charity number 245875.

IWA, Shrewsbury District & North Wales branch, registered charity number 212342

Restore the Montgomery Canal!

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Plans are being drawn for Schoolhouse Bridge and Shropshire Council is being helpful.  If we can raise the money, the bridge could be replaced in a year or two.  That would be a fantastic step forward, and could be the best news for the restoration in twenty years.   No-one will do this for us, but youwe  can make it happen.

What can you do to help?

Donate: follow the ‘Local Giving’ link above.

Run a fund-raising event: this could be an event of your own; or could you take the appeal to an event in your locality? We can provide display material and appeal leaflets.  Click here for  a  copy of the  appeal letter.

Join us when we take the appeal to the canalside or an event – more below.

Promote the appeal online: do you use social media?  Or could you help us with an occasional e-newsletter to supporters?

Offer your special skill: we will be keen to try to make use of it.

Join a restoration work party or one of the adoption groups

We will be delighted to help you to help the Montgomery Canal.


At the Montgomery Canal Forum held in the Assembly Room, Welshpool Town Hall on 2nd July Michael Limbrey, Chairman of the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust, discussed the reasons for restoration and progress made so far.

He announced that the ‘Restore the Montgomery Canal’ appeal fund has now reached an impressive …


Montgomery Canal Forum

The easiest way to make a donation is via  the ‘LOCAL GIVING’ website, just follow the DONATE link above.

Miss Anna Roberts from the British Ironworks Centre presents MWRT chairman Michael Limbrey with a cheque for £254 which is worth over £500 to the appeal fund.

Mr Charles Lillis, High Sheriff of Shropshire, (right)  Michael Limbrey, Chairman of the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust, Mrs Sue Thompson, High Sheriff of Powys, and John Dodwell, Chairman of the Montgomery Canal Partnership, make the first donations.

Another £1,370 for the Appeal Fund!

A collection at the Annual Forum of the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust on July 2 has meant a further £1,370 has been raised for the Appeal Fund, to be added to the £210,000 already raised/committed.

£274 was collected at the Forum meeting and with Gift Aid (small donations) relief added, the total was £343. Someone in the audience offered to double that, making the total £686.

The Appeal Fund already has the support of a generous donor who has offered to match £ for £ small sums which the Appeal raises. This offer is up to £12,500 a year, commencing 1 July each year.

So this means another £1,370 has been raised.

This also means that for every £20 donated at the meeting, the Appeal will receive £100 - a fivefold increase!"


… with a £2 coin!

We’re raising 2 miles of £2 coins for £250,000 to help the restoration.  And with Giftaid your £2 would be worth £2.50.

The Montgomery Canal is one of Britain’s most beautiful waterways. Nearly half the canal has been restored so far:

7 miles in Shropshire and 12 miles either side of Welshpool.

With the generous support of £2.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and money from others we have the money to reach Crickheath. Now we’re raising £250,000 to help towards restoring the last 2 miles in Shropshire from Crickheath to the Welsh border. The next main job is to rebuild School House Bridge (near Pant). All part of a 10 year strategy to link up with the Welshpool section.

Contractors start work at Crickheath

We were delighted to see serious work start in August  to restore Crickheath Basin and Wharf. Our photos show the contractors' equipment starting the deep piling process. Their work should be finished by Christmas. This will be the new winding hole (turning place) when the navigation channel works being undertaken by Shropshire Union Canal Society volunteers get here in 2020. When all this is completed, then another nearly two miles (from Maesbury) will have been re-opened. This all sets the scene for restoring the next section which is why we are anxious to complete our fund raising to rebuild Schoolhouse Bridge.

Great News!

£1,000 donation from the Historic Narrow Boat Club! Very generous of them - we look forward to seeing more of these wonderful old boats on the canal

An artists impression of Schoolhouse Bridge restored