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

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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.

Another Generous Donation!

We were delighted to receive a cheque for £10,000 donated at the recent Annual General Meeting of one of our group charities.   With Gift Aid, this is worth £12,500 - a very welcome addition to our coffers!

Montgomery Canal Forum

To celebrate this year of restoration on the Montgomery Canal, the Canal & River Trust has commissioned a 20 minute film showing the heritage, people and wildlife that make the Montgomery Canal so special.

Watch the film

Canal Triathlon raises money for the Restoration!

The Friends of the Montgomery Canal, who organise the Triathlon, are proud to donate £5,000 towards the restoration of the section between Crickheath and Llanymynech from funds raised by the 2017 and 2018 events!

This should help towards the estimated £300,000 cost of restoring Schoolhouse Bridge in Pant, the last bridge between Shropshire and the Welsh border. If Schoolhouse Bridge costs are fully met, the funds will be used for other aspects of the restoration from Crickheath.

The Friends’ Committee and Cllr. Val Howard of Newtown, who flagged off the 2018 Triathlon, proudly show the £5,000 presentation cheque at their Annual Sunday Lunch on 21st October:

Contractors  Land & Water Services working at Crickheath Basin

Contractors start work at Crickheath

Land and Water Services, specialist contractors for canal work, are making progress with the restoration works at Crickheath Basin. They are now piling the edges before firming up the canal bed. It's hoped the whole job will be completed early in this year. Crickheath Basin will be the new temporary end of the navigable Canal in Shropshire when the Heritage Lottery Fund funded works are completed - which is scheduled for the end of 2020.

Volunteers from the Shropshire Union Canal Society (a constituent member of this Appeal Group) are relining (to make it waterproof) the Canal bed leading up to Crickheath Basin. They are working down from the Lloyds Mill at Morton.

When all the work on this section has been completed, another two miles will be navigable, opening up the section from Maesbury Marsh which is already connected to the country's 3,500 miles of navigable waterway. This will also mean another section has been re-watered to the benefit of local wild animal and plant life as well as those using the towpath and those on boats. What has until recently been an overgrown jungle of scrubland and saplings will have been turned into something of use and beauty.

Land & Water Services also excavated the area needed for the new nature reserves at Aston, a few miles away.

It's because of the imminent completion of the restoration to Crickheath that we are looking to the next stage - the last two miles of the dry section to reach Llanymynech. This includes the rebuilding of Schoolhouse Bridge.

The Shropshire Union Canal Society volunteers working south of Pryces Bridge gradually let the water in to test the newly restored section.

Structural Soils Ltd make test bores at

Schoolhouse Bridge


Early in 2018, the Shropshire Union Canal Society (one of the charities organising this Appeal) was approached about providing a speaker to give an Address to the 41st Annual Course by the Architects’ Association of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain about the Montgomery Canal. The Course this year was going to have a focus on historic waterways – which in Spain means looking rather more at Roman and other water aqueducts to bring water from the hills to the cities. The Society approached John Dodwell (chair of the Montgomery Canal Partnership) to see if he could give the Address – which he could.

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A very special date for your diary

Montgomery Canal Triathlon

18th May 2019