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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!


It is only a short time since the formal launch of the Restore the Montgomery Canal! appeal in April but 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 nearly £120,000 towards the first projects, the removal of the railway embankment – due to take place in July – and Schoolhouse Bridge.

Plans are being drawn for the 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: you can use the 'Donate' page.

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.

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.

The Appeal will be at …

Ellesmere Festival, 12 August

Trevor Wharf, 13 August

Whitchurch Arm Boat Rally, 2/3 September

Heritage Open Days, Rednal Warehouse, 8/9 September

Overwater Marina Open Day, 10 September

Shrewsbury River Festival, 10 September

Come and see us.  Come and help us.


… 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.

On 4th July 2017 the Heritage Lottery funded phase of restoration was launched at Aston Locks by Julie Sharman from Canal & River Trust.

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.


Pant Railway Embankment

On July 12th, 2017, the Shropshire Union Canal Society and the North-West Waterway Recovery Group with the support of the Canal and River Trust took on the project to remove Material of a former railway embankment crossing the Montgomery canal. The works were part of the project to reopen the dry section between the restored section at Maesbury and the Welsh border at Llanymynech.

Planning permission was granted on 20th March 2017 with the provision that the works shall be overseen by a suitably qualified and experienced ecologist, to ensure the protection of and enhancements for wildlife.

Two excavators and three dumpers, fuel bowser and welfare facilities arrived on site in preparation for the work to follow, along with members of the NWWRG and the Shropshire Union Canal Society, full site induction and planning meeting took place, with the works scheduled to take place over a 7-day period.

Due to the Location of a disused sewer pipe that runs the length of the section a temporary road had to be laid using teram as a base

Dumper trucks transported the waste to Bridge 90 where a compound was set up so the other excavator could load the awaiting Lorries,with banksmen on hand to escort off and onto site. 308 tons was removed on the first full day.

Work was completed 1 day early with 1114.5 tons of waste removed and over 352 hours of volunteer hours recorded

A big thank you goes to all the volunteers involved and to Kev Walker, Stuart Moodie & Martin Carney from CRT for their assistance