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Welcome to the Wessex Waterways Restoration Trust

    Welcome to the home page of the newest waterway restoration charity in England and Wales - formed as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) on 11th September when the Charity Commission approved our constitution and emailed us our Registered Charity number.
   We are a companion organisation intending to work alongside the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust which was established (under another name) over 40 years ago in 1977.
   We intend to do the things that the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust aren't doing - very much a complementary approach working on the parts that they are not working on.  
   There are about 70 miles of waterway to work on, and until it is all done there won't be the full extent of the public benefits which both organisations exist to deliver.  There will be short term 'incidental' benefits, but the big benefits will only come from a sustainable and through-connected operational waterway.  Strictly speaking it's two waterways - the main line of the Wilts & Berks Canal (mostly on the route of the historic canal) from the Kennet and Avon Canal near Melksham to the River Thames near Abingdon, plus the North Wilts Canal (mostly on the historic route) from near Cricklade to Swindon.
   There are other organisations involved in the restoration project already - the members of the Wiltshire, Swindon and Oxfordshire Canal Partnership.  We hope to be invited to join that, but probably not quite yet.