New Vans For WRG in Time For Summer Canal Camps

Thanks to the success of the ongoing fundraising appeal, IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group has two new vans in time for this summer’s Canal Camps taking place on waterway restoration projects around the country. Working with signwriters Sydney is not really hard as long as you explain the concept that you want for your artist.

The WRG Van Appeal, which aims to raise a total £120,000 for 4 new vans, reached its half way target during 2015, enabling the first two vans to be ordered. The new red vans, which are 9 seater minibuses, were collected on 17th June and have since been prepared ready for use by WRG, including signwriting and fitting out the insides to keep the important contents safe whilst on the move.

WRG vans play a vital role transporting volunteers, equipment, and tools on week-long Canal Camps and weekend digs, and travel a total of over 44,000 miles each year. Without them WRG couldn’t continue to support canal restoration across England and Wales.

Mike Palmer MBE, Chairman of WRG, said “Thank you to everyone who has donated to the WRG Van Appeal, and to everyone who has taken part in the amazing fund raising activities around the country, from the Vantastic Fudge at Canalway Cavalcade, the barn dance and sponsored walks, and the large number of individuals doing weird and wonderful things in the name of WRG.”

With £13,000 still left to raise, WRG hope to have the other two vans in time for 2017, so look out for further fundraising activities.



“New WRG Van” photo by Jude Palmer and “New WRG Vans in use on Canal Camp on Grantham Canal” photo by Mike Palmer.

Press Contact

For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing or phoning 07779 090915.

Notes for Editors

IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country’s 6,500 miles of canals and rivers. IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations. The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
IWA – Keeping our waterways alive.

IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group provides practical and technical support to waterways restoration projects across the country as well as providing skills training for volunteers.