Work Parties

BCNS Work Parties

  • Narrowboat, loaded with rubbish, on it way home with tired crew.
    Return from a successful clean-up.
    Graham Whorton, 2010

    The BCNS work-boat Phoenix and her crew on the return trip back to the Engine House after a successful clean-up event on the Birmingham Main Line.

The BCNS works closely with the Canal & River Trust to ensure the ongoing maintenance of the local system.

The BCNS has C&RT recognised self supervising work party status.

Regular work parties take place throughout the year using the societies purpose built 38ft workboat Phoenix paired with open butty Crow.

In September 2009, in recognition of its work, the BCNS was one of ten national recipients of British Waterways Volunteer Awards.

Come and Join Us, volunteers always welcome!

If you see things on the BCN that need attention, but are not urgent, please let us know (, and we will add them to the list that we are making, following agreement with Ian Lane (our local C&RT area manager).  

Obviously urgent issues should continue to be passed to C&RT in the normal manner.  The idea is to help C&RT ensure that non urgent defects are not overlooked.

The list of works that we will provide will be included in our future work parties programme, or included in works scheduled for inclusion C&RT stoppage programme.

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  • Saturday 29 July 2017 - Saturday 05 August 2017

    WRG work camp at Selly Oak

    Last summer WRG volunteers started work to repair the towpath wall at Harborne Wharf.

    Over the years the wall has deteriorated significantly with brickwork missing and several sections being undermined.In 2017 they will continue repair work, strengthen existing foundations and repair damaged brickwork.

    Volunteers will also clear vegetation around the Selly Oak Park Bridge, one of the oldest surviving original canal bridges in Birmingham, in preparation for archaeological investigations.

    Led by Ian Gaston, with accommodation at Stonehouse Gang Youth Club.  
    (Cost £70)

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    Last Updated: 02 Jan 17