Volunteer in partnership

Volunteering in partnership is all about making a real difference to your community, changing lives and having fun too. Could you join over 200 groups who have already adopted a nearby canal?

By working together with local groups we’re bringing our nation’s canals and rivers to life in more ways than ever before. We’re helping them to adopt a stretch of waterway, and communities across England and Wales are becoming healthier and happier as a result. 


  • Ackers Adventure
  • Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum
  • Adsetts Canal Project
  • Ancoats Adoption Group
  • Arnold Lodge Hospital
  • Ascot Road Adoption Group
  • Audlem Lock 15 Gardeners Group (ADAPT)
  • Autism East Midlands – Tall Trees
  • Aylestone Meadows Appreciation Society
  • Baltic Place & Canal Wharf Wildlife Gardening Group
  • Banbury Canal Partnership
  • Barlaston Parish Council
  • Barnoldswick in Bloom
  • Baswich Canal Group
  • BCB Adopters
  • Berkhamsted 53 Canal Support Group
  • Birmingham Black Country Wildlife Trust
  • Birmingham Good Gym
  • Bishop's Stortford Baptist Church
  • Bishops Stortford Canoe Club
  • Blisworth Canal Partnership
  • Bloomberg
  • Braunston Canal Society
  • Bridgwater and Taunton Canal Association
  • British Land
  • Broadcut Breakfast Club
  • Broadcut Moorers
  • Broken Cross Boat Club
  • Buckingham Canal Society
  • Building Communities
  • Bury College
  • Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire
  • Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire
  • Canal Connections
  • Canal Garden - Berkhamsted
  • Chard Junction, White Lion Adoption Group
  • Chestnut Walk Residents Group
  • City of Bath College
  • Claverton Pumping Station
  • Clear Cut Conservation
  • Community Foundation
  • Community Links
  • Cookson's Canal Action Group
  • Coombeswood Canal Trust
  • Craven Conservation Group
  • Creoda's Canal Crew
  • Crosshill School & Sporting NRG
  • Devizes Caen Hill Moorings Adoption
  • Disley Towpath Action Group
  • Dockland Scout Project
  • Douglas Valley Lion’s Club
  • Droitwich Waterway (Pamela May) Trust
  • East K & A Volunteer Group
  • Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association
  • Failsworth clean up team
  • Findern Footpath Group
  • Foundation Studies: Gloucestershire College
  • Frankton Adopters Brigade (FAB)
  • Freda’s Garden lives on
  • Friends of Bollington Towpath
  • Friends of Carnforth Coke Ovens
  • Friends of Cromford Canal
  • Friends of Cromford Canal
  • Friends of Dudswell Locks
  • Friends of Mercian Nordic Walking (Worcester Canal Team)
  • Friends of Pocklington Green Spaces
  • Friends of Saddington Reservoir
  • Friends of Slough Canal
  • Friends of the Woodlands and Coachwood Green
  • Friends of Tipton Cut
  • Gailey Canoe Club
  • Girlguiding Leeds
  • Gloucester United Angling Association
  • Gnosall Parish Council
  • Groundwork Leeds (NEWY)
  • Hanover Primary School
  • Harding House Aylesbury
  • Hillingdon Narrowboats Association
  • HMP Stoke Heath
  • Hollybush Garden Group TCV
  • Holts Crest Way Residents
  • Hubbub Enterprise
  • Ingestre with Tixall PC
  • IWA Lichfield
  • IWA Milton Keynes
  • IWA Northampton
  • IWA West Country
  • IWA West Country
  • IWA West Country


  • Lee Valley Park Volunteers
  • Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre
  • LHAG Grafters & Growers
  • Liberty Staffordshire
  • Lincoln Sea Cadets
  • Lincoln Sea Cadets
  • Little Britain Anglers
  • Llangattock Community Woodland Group
  • Llangynidr Environment Action Project
  • Long Eaton Natural History Society
  • Lower Regent's Coalition
  • Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal Society
  • Maritime Youth Group
  • Market Drayton Community Partnership
  • Marple Locks Heritage Society
  • Mid Cheshire SUP
  • Mountsorrel Lock Group
  • Myerscough College
  • Nature Pirates
  • Newark Emmaus Trust
  • Nottingham Probation Fit4Work (voluntary group)
  • Nottingham Probation Fit4Work (voluntary group)
  • Nottingham Probation Fit4Work (voluntary group)
  • Nottingham Yacht Club
  • Oswestry School
  • Oulton Brownies
  • Owd Lanky Boaters
  • Parkside Fishing Club
  • Pendle Borough Council
  • PLAN Brecon
  • Pocklington Canal Amenity Society
  • Poplar HARCA
  • Priory Group
  • Reclaimed London
  • Red Rose Recovery
  • Retford and Worksop Boat Club
  • Richmond Court (Chester Aid To The Homeless)
  • Rickmansworth Waterway Trust
  • Rishton Prospects
  • Riverside House
  • Rockmount Northwest
  • Rotary Club of Northwich
  • Royal Sutton Coldfield Canoe Club


  • Safe Anchor Trust
  • SAFE Regeneration
  • Salendine School
  • Sankey Valley Canal Restoration Society (SCARS)
  • Scott Mortimer Littlebeck Trust
  • Scouts - 1st Hertford Scouts
  • Scouts - 325th Birmingham, 1st Billesley Scout Group
  • Scouts - 7th Newark Scouts
  • Shropshire Paddlesport
  • Skyway Charity
  • Solihull Canoe Club
  • St Matthews Bath
  • St Paul's Hostel
  • Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership
  • Stoke on Trent Angling Society
  • Stonebridge Lock Coalition
  • Stourbridge Arm Canoe Club Ltd
  • Stourport Army Cadets
  • Street Scene Greenfield
  • Sunnyside Rural Trust
  • SWAG Stoke Woods Action Group
  • Swansea Canal Society
  • Swinton Lock Activity Centre
  • Talking Rubbish in Solihull
  • Talybont-on-Usk Community Council
  • Tesco Welshpool
  • The Kingsmere Project
  • The Old Mortonians
  • The Red Lion Taskforce
  • The Rising Sun PH
  • Thrupp Allotment Group (TAG)
  • University of Northampton - Travel and Tourism
  • Upper Lode Angling Club
  • Uppermil Canal Adoption Network (UCAN)
  • Victoria Anglers
  • Wargrave Guides
  • Warland Farm
  • Warwick District Green Party
  • Watermint Quay Residents Association
  • WAVE (Wern Adoption Volunteer Effort)
  • Welshpool Adoption Group
  • West Berkshire Mencap
  • West Midlands Nordic Walking Group
  • Westminster Academy
  • Whilton & Buckby Locks Association
  • Whitefield Community Association
  • Wigan Green Crew
  • Wigan Pier Boats Ltd (t/a Kittywake Canal Cruises)
  • Wilts & Berks Canal Trust
  • Wirral Autistic Society
  • Witham Waste Warriors
  • Woodley & Romiley Towpath Team
  • Worcester Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society
  • Worcester Canal Group
  • Woughton Parish Council
  • YMCA Bridgwater
  • Yorkshire Water

We need more groups to help care for stretches of waterway across England and Wales. We’d love to hear from you if you belong to a recognised group or club so that we can explain the various ways we can work together.

Adopting a waterway is a partnership with the Trust and we have three different types of adoption, some something to suit everyone.

Community adoption

Groups are asked to adopt one mile or more for a year and to volunteer at least once a month. This type of adoption best suits groups with more experience that are able to lead and manage their own activities.

Helping hands adoption

Great for groups that fancy adopting a smaller area and might need a bit for help getting going. We ask these groups to volunteer about once a month for a year.

Pocket adoption

This is the mini adoption option, volunteering in the same area for five days in one go or over a few months. This adoption can be in a much smaller area and really suits those who would like to sort out an area close to home.  


Download our form via the link below and email it to volunteer@canalrivertrust.org.uk. We'll be in touch soon.

Hear from our adoption groups

When people get together to do something for their community, amazing things can happen. You can find out more about our existing adoption groups by clicking on the links below and on the top right.

More questions?

Take a look at our page of further information about adoptions or read our adoptions FAQs

You don't have to adopt to volunteer with your group as we have one off opportunities as well. There are also  lots of ways to get involved if you don't belong to a group. We have volunteer roles of all shapes and sizes.

What could you do with your adopted stretch of canal?