Wendover Arm Trust

Wendover Arm Trust

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Wendover Arm Trust is a charity dedicated to restoration of the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal - first opened in 1797 Restoration work is carried out by volunteers often from construction backgrounds or those who have learnt new skills with the trust. All works are carried out to standards and specifications laid down by the Canal and River Trust who own the canal and closely supervised to ensure the highest quality standards and fully within current health and safety standards Training in the use the use of heavy machinery is provided and all drivers are certificated before being allowed to be on site.


The Wendover Arm Trust is progressively restoring the section of the canal which has been dry for over 100 years since it leaked badly. This involves using heavy machinery such as excavators and dumper trucks to re-form the profile of the canal and then to line it with a synthetic material called bentomat and then to cover it with spoil to protect it from damage by future boaters. Skills in surveying are used to ensure correct levels are maintained to ensure appropriate depth and flow of water once completed. Individual completed sections are then sealed off with temporary bunds (dams) and re-watered as work progresses. Work to date has also entailed rebuilding of a bridge at Lt Tring and the construction of two new footbridges to carry footpaths over the canal. The site of a former major pumping station is currently being restored to become a visitor centre.

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