About the Trust
Although much of the Canal has been filled in and in places has disappeared without trace, a surprising number of lock cottages, wharf buildings and bridges can still be seen.
The Canal Trust has gained national recognition of its success in working in partnership with developers and Local Authorities in order to secure the future of the restoration for the whole community.
Working with the Waterways Recovery Group, the original canal basin at Over, where the Canal connected with the River Severn, has been reconstructed. This was the largest all volunteer canal restoration project in the UK in 1999-2000.
Regular volunteer restoration groups work at various sites along the length of the Canal both restoring and maintaining the land. These sites include: Over Basin, Vineyard Hill, Llanthony Lock, Moat Farm, Oxenhall, Yarkhill, Kymin East and Aylestone Park.
To ensure the line of the Canal is not obstructed in the future the entire Canal corridor is protected in the Local Authority plans. In Hereford, new bridges have been built at Roman Road and Hereford Retail Park. Other bridges at Hereford, Monkhide (2), Dymock (2) and Oxenhall have also been restored.
When completed, it will rank as one of the most attractive cruising routes in the country. But the Canal is not just being restored for boaters, as most visitors to canals are not boaters, but people who come on foot, just to enjoy being near this beautiful and peaceful waterway.
Passing through unspoilt countryside, this Canal will provide recreation for tourist and locals alike, whilst providing a natural habitat for a large variety of wildlife. Historians enjoy a step back in time to when the canal was a commercial route. Engineers show interest in the remaining and restored structures that made it all possible. Cyclists, anglers, hikers all come to enjoy the Canal.
A short history of the H&G Canal Trust
Inauguration of the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Society.
In 1982 an ‘informal steering group’ came together on a number of occasions in Hereford to discuss the potential to form a proposed Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Society. Public interest in the revival of the long-forgotten Canal began in April, 1983, when the Society was inaugurated at a public meeting. The Society formed with no more substantial aims than raising awareness of the Canal and preserving what structures remained. At that time there was little thought that full restoration might be possible.
Launch of the Trust
Things took a great step forward in 1992 when the Society was reconstructed into the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust with the stated aim of complete restoration. The Trust became a registered charity and as interest and membership of the Trust grew, two lengths of the Canal were partially restored at Monkhide and Oxenhall. Slowly the vision began to reveal that one day, Hereford and Gloucester might once again be joined by a navigable Canal!
Today the Trust has an ordinary and corporate membership of some 1,300 from all over the country – and abroad.