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.

Enter the Brain of Monty Quiz: details on the 'Monty Quiz' page.

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.


… 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.


The Restore the Montgomery Canal! appeal was launched in April 2017  and with the generous support of our anonymous donor, and of other supporters, and with the aid of the Tony Harrison legacy grant from the Inland Waterways Association, we now have over £160,000 towards the projects.   The appeal has already helped  with the removal  of the railway embankment  at Pant and attention is now turned  Schoolhouse Bridge.

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

Music for the MONTY

Plus you can support ‘Music for the Monty’ An exciting two-day event associated with Welshpool Transport Festival.

Click on the logo for more information.

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.


Assembly Room, Welshpool Town Hall

2nd July at 2.30 pm

‘The Flora and Fauna of the Montgomery Canal’

by Brian Hogbin, Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

‘Establishing a Canalside Enterprise’

by Belinda Davenport of the Victorian Tearoom, Northwich.

Plus news of the Heritage Lottery Fund project on the canal and plans for future restoration.

Progress at Pryces Bridge by

Shropshire Union Canal Society volunteers […]

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.

Ecologist Sarah Hill discussing preparations  for restoration of Crickheath Wharf with Shropshire Councillors.

Steam Launch takes Montgomery Canal Restoration Appeal to Historic Boat Rally.

Canal enthusiasts

Chris Bushnell and

Maggie Ellis are setting

off on their steam launch Ictus, to

take the latest appeal for the restoration of the

Montgomery Canal to the Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally and Canal Festival on 23/24 June.

Chris Bushnell said, “Braunston Rally is one of the highlights of the boaters’ year and it will be hugely exciting to take part. We are told there could be over 80 historic canal boats there and the daily parade through Braunston must be one of the most colourful events on our canal system.

“Braunston in north Northamptonshire is the historic centre of the canal network, with canal routes leading south to London and Oxford and north to Birmingham, Stafford and the Trent. It’s a long way by water from the Montgomery Canal and the trip will take us  through Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Warwick.

“Our boat Ictus is not as old as some of the craft we shall see at Braunston, but it is about 30 years old and built in the style of an Edwardian steam launch with a copy of a 19th century steam plant. The whistle is from a GWR steam locomotive which often confuses boaters on the canal.  “We expect our trip to the heart of the waterway network from the limit of navigation on the Montgomery Canal to take about two weeks. En route we will be promoting the Restore the Montgomery Canal! appeal. The appeal is raising funds to rebuild the last blocked bridge in Shropshire as a first step to restoring the connection from Maesbury to Llanymynech and into Powys. One day boats will be able to visit mid-Wales from Braunston and right across the 3,500 mile canal network.”