About Us

This page summarises the Wendover Canal Trust (WCT), which is the operating name of the Wendover Arm Trust (WAT) charity. For more information about the Wendover Canal that the Trust promotes, see the pages below this page in the menu. The last page contains our Governance, Policies and Annual Reports.

Registered Address: Wendover Canal Trust, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1WA.
Regd Charity No. 801190.

We set up the Wendover Arm Trust in 1989, to promote the restoration of what was historically known as the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal. The Wendover Arm is now usually known as the Wendover Canal, so we now operate as the Wendover Canal Trust. The Trust is a company run entirely by volunteers and limited by guarantee, registered in England No. 2353392. It is without share capital, and is a registered charity. The canal itself, like most canals in England and Wales, is managed for the nation by the Canal and River Trust.

At the time of formation, there was a danger of the canal suffering further deterioration due to neglect. There was also an imminent risk that the proposal to construct the Aston Clinton by-pass would sever the canal. The aims of WCT are to:

  • Maintain and improve the waterway for the use and benefit of all, which also increases biodiversity;
  • Promote the fullest use of the canal by all forms of waterborne traffic;
  • Encourage the fullest use of the canal for all forms of local amenity, tourist and recreational, and water-related activities for the benefit of the public;
  • Promote and educate the public in the history, use and associated wildlife of the Wendover Canal;
  • Restore, reconstruct and preserve the Wendover Canal, with a net benefit to the public.

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