Improve & Maintain areas around the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal

Inland Waterways Association (West Country Branch - Bridgwater)

Name: Improve & Maintain areas around the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal
Organisation: Inland Waterways Association (West Country Branch - Bridgwater)
Location: 9 Turner Close, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3PA
Type: Part Time


The West Country branch organises work groups, which undertake many varied works on and around the Somerset's waterways.

Primarily our activities are focused on the 15 mile long Bridgwater and Taunton Canal and its environs.

Our group takes a pride in helping to promote this waterway as a thriving environmental corridor between these two major towns.

We undertake hedge laying, foliage trimming, planting of various plants, seeds and bulbs and removal of litter and rubbish from the towpath and canal.

We also carry out painting of some of the lock gates, bridges, associated machinery and other structures along the route of the canal.

Having access to two workboats we can facilitate training to become deck hands. We are also able to offer training in the safe use of hand tools and motorised equipment. All protective equipment and clothing is supplied.

We try to engage in a social way with our volunteers and plan some social events. Anyone can join us and after initial risk assessment become a member of our friendly and professional volunteer teams.

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Cause / Interests

  • Conservation
  • Environment
  • Wildlife

Types of Activity

  • Construction
  • Gardening
  • Outdoors

Skills and Qualifications


We will accept anyone who likes outdoor work no previous experience needed

If you have your own car it would be useful, but not essential, as transport from Bridgwater sites can be offered.

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an Adult.

Cleaning & tidying
Outdoor work


Opportunities are available for those persons who would like to engage in ‘hands on’ work in connection with protecting and enhancing the environment in and around the surrounding areas of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal.

Volunteers should also be happy to work around a canal or connected waterway.

Also might be of interest to those persons who enjoy spending time engaged in ‘hands on ‘outdoor tasks such as painting, hedge laying, foliage trimming, litter picking and rubbish removal and other rural craft opportunities when available.

No previous experience is needed also any PPE needed is supplied Volunteers are advised to wear old clothes and tough footwear.
Building work
Cleaning & tidying
Outdoor work

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: NA
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: Age/Gender Restrictions: Yes

Comments: Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

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