Support canal trust in lottery fund bid

Wendover Arm Trust supporters meeting
Wendover Arm Trust supporters meeting

The Wendover Arm Trust is urging people to support its bid for a Heritage Lottery grant to speed up progress on the restoration of the canal.

All restoration work carried out so far on the Wendover Arm has been done solely by volunteers, with the exception of the re­building of Little Tring bridge, which was undertaken by contractors.

Now the trust wants to speed up restoration so Phase 2 can be completed within a couple of years – rather than seven or eight years if only voluntary labour is used.

About 75 people attended a supporters’ meeting co-hosted by the trust and the Canal & River Trust (CRT) last Tuesday.

CRT trustee John Dodwell chaired the meeting, with James Clifton and Richard Baker of CRT.

Wendover Arm Trust was represented by chairman, Chris Sargeant and restoration director Roger Leishman.

The trust hopes to submit the Stage 1 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund this month and is urging people to send in letters of support.

The letter can be downloaded from, signed and returned by e­mail.