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The Wessex Waterways Restoration Trust

      Welcome to the newest waterway restoration charity in England and Wales - formed as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) on 11th September 2017 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 WBCT are not doing - very much a complementary approach working on the parts that they are not working on.  
   There are about 70 miles of waterway, and until it is all restored the full extent of the public benefits,  which both organisations exist to deliver, will not be realised.  There will be short term 'incidental' benefits, but the big benefits will only come from a sustainable and through-connected operational waterway.  Strictly speaking there are two waterways - the main line of the Wilts & Berks Canal (mostly following the route of the historic canal) from the Kennet & Avon Canal near Melksham to the River Thames near Abingdon, plus the North Wilts Canal (again, mostly on the historic route) from the Thames & Severn Canal near Cricklade to Swindon.  The branch to Calne is also included in the restoration.
   There are other organisations involved in the restoration project already - the members of the Wiltshire, Swindon and Oxfordshire Canal Partnership.