Montgomery Canal Appeal Group
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
You will find a wide range of organisations working together to Restore The Montgomery Canal, including:
- Canal & River Trust – succeeded British Waterways in 2012 as a national charity responsible for most waterways of England and Wales. The Trust is supported by the North Wales & Borders Partnership and has a separate board, Bŵrdd Glandŵr Cymru, for its canals in Wales.
- Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust – established in 1980 to co-ordinate the interests of voluntary and public organisations interested in the future of the Montgomery Canal.
- Friends of the Montgomery Canal – the membership section of the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust: an active group centred around the canal, offering meetings, towpath walks and volunteering; the lead organisation for the Montgomery Canal Triathlon.
- Inland Waterways Association, Shrewsbury & North Wales – the local branch of the national charity which supports canal projects across the area, attending rallies and festivals, with an active programme of meetings and events.
- Heulwen Trust – the first boat to provide trips for the disabled was launched by HRH The Prince of Wales in Welshpool in 1975: built by apprentices of Cammell Laird; funds raised by a team of IWA ladies. The popular Country & Western Festival is the Trust's main source of funds. So far free trips have been given to over 60,000 people from across Wales, Shropshire and the West Midlands. The Trust's two boats, which replace the original, are also used for public trips.
- Shropshire Union Canal Society – Society volunteers have worked on canal projects since restoration started and it’s monthly working parties are actively involved in the Lottery-funded restoration of the next section of the canal to Crickheath.
- Waterway Recovery Group – volunteers from WRG work on canal projects across the country: achievements on the Montgomery Canal include the restoration of Frankton and Aston Locks, the nature reserve by Aston Top Lock, and more recent work on the dry section at Pant.
- Montgomery Canal Partnership – leading the restoration programme, with officers from public and voluntary organisations from both sides of the border.
Montgomery Canal Partnership
The Montgomery Canal Partnership brings together all groups with an interest in the Canal, led by the Canal & River Trust (the Trust). The Partnership (which includes Shropshire and Powys County Councils) is committed to working together to complete the restoration of the Montgomery Canal and in doing so bring about a sustainable regeneration of the canal corridor.
Montgomery Canal Partnership Membership
- Canal & River Trust (British Waterways before July 2012)
- Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust (MWRT)
- Powys County Council
- Shropshire Council
- Natural Resources Wales (formerly Countryside Council for Wales, EA Wales)
- Natural England
- Historic England
- Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW)
- Environment Agency
- Shropshire Union Canal Society (SUCS)
- Inland Waterways Association (IWA)
- Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
- Shropshire Wildlife Trust
- Severn Rivers Trust