Volunteer Recruitment – Malswick Project – 8 May 2023

Volunteer Recruitment Open Day at Malswick Project site on 8 May 2023, between 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust Need Help!

Lend a hand. Make a change. 

We are looking for volunteers and are holding a recruitment day on Bank Holiday Monday 8th May between 10 am and 2pm on our site at Malswick, near Newent.

If you may be interested in helping to rebuild this canal into a beautiful stretch of waterway for all to enjoy, and helping ecological diversity on the way, please come along and see what we are doing.

There are numerous tasks being undertaken. Whether you want to lead or be part of a team restoring and/or maintaining our sites, maintaining machinery, planting trees and hedging, being a back-office helper and much more, please come and find out what we do.

In Gloucestershire our main working sites are at Over, Malswick, Oxenhall/Newent and others as well. We also have other sites in the pipeline, and of course sites in Herefordshire – plenty of scope.


At Malswick – our current big project site – in the past 18 months we have installed a 30-metre culvert with large concrete pipes, helped to construct another culvert with 6 foot plastic pipes, dug what is becoming the canal channel, planted 500 metres of hedging, cleared scrub from a large overgrown area, constructed a new entranceway and much more. We use diggers (13 ton and 5 ton in the last year), dumpers and rollers and other machinery and training has been given to volunteers on all this equipment. The site is coming on a treat, but we need more help, both there and on other sites.

Recently the Trust has acquired a further piece of land opening up another 450 metre stretch of potential canal. We intend to apply for planning permission on this (which is a long-drawn-out process). We must satisfy the planners that not only are we constructing a canal we are also promoting wildlife. This new section will require the installation of a swing bridge. At the end of this section a lock is planned, although the timing of its construction is not yet clear.

Find us on the B4215 Newent/Gloucester road at GL18 1HE, approx. 500 metres from the Malswick House pub toward Gloucester, opposite All About Dogs.

See Google Maps for precise location.