The Montgomery Canal Restoration Appeal is being managed by the Appeal Steering Group on behalf of:-

The Friends of the Montgomery Canal, registered charity number 510448.

Shropshire Union Canal Society, registered charity number 245875.

IWA, Shrewsbury District & North Wales branch, registered charity number 212342

Restore the Montgomery Canal!

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Plans are being drawn for Schoolhouse Bridge and Shropshire Council is being helpful.  If we can raise the money, the bridge could be replaced in a year or two.  That would be a fantastic step forward, and could be the best news for the restoration in twenty years.   No-one will do this for us, but youwe  can make it happen.

What can you do to help?

Donate: follow the ‘Local Giving’ link above.

Enter the Brain of Monty Quiz: details on the 'Monty Quiz' page.

Run a fund-raising event: this could be an event of your own; or could you take the appeal to an event in your locality? We can provide display material and appeal leaflets.  Click here for  a  copy of the  appeal letter.

Join us when we take the appeal to the canalside or an event – more below.

Promote the appeal online: do you use social media?  Or could you help us with an occasional e-newsletter to supporters?

Offer your special skill: we will be keen to try to make use of it.

Join a restoration work party or one of the adoption groups

We will be delighted to help you to help the Montgomery Canal.


… with a £2 coin!

We’re raising 2 miles of £2 coins for £250,000 to help the restoration.  And with Giftaid your £2 would be worth £2.50.

The Montgomery Canal is one of Britain’s most beautiful waterways. Nearly half the canal has been restored so far:

7 miles in Shropshire and 12 miles either side of Welshpool.

With the generous support of £2.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and money from others we have the money to reach Crickheath. Now we’re raising £250,000 to help towards restoring the last 2 miles in Shropshire from Crickheath to the Welsh border. The next main job is to rebuild School House Bridge (near Pant). All part of a 10 year strategy to link up with the Welshpool section.


It is only a short time since the formal launch of the Restore the Montgomery Canal! appeal in April but with the generous support of our anonymous donor, and of other supporters, and with the aid of the Tony Harrison legacy grant from the Inland Waterways Association, we now have over £160,000 towards the projects.   The  appeal has already helped  with the removal  of the railway embankment  at Pant and attention is now turned  Schoolhouse Bridge.

The easiest way to make a donation is via  the ‘LOCAL GIVING’ website, just follow the DONATE link above.

Music for the MONTY

Plus you can support ‘Music for the Monty’ An exciting two-day event associated with Welshpool Transport Festival.

Click on the logo for more information.

Mr Charles Lillis, High Sheriff of Shropshire, (right)  Michael Limbrey, Chairman of the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust, Mrs Sue Thompson, High Sheriff of Powys, and John Dodwell, Chairman of the Montgomery Canal Partnership, make the first donations.

Progress at Pryces Bridge by

Shropshire Union Canal Society volunteers […]

Miss Anna Roberts from the British Ironworks Centre presents MWRT chairman Michael Limbrey with a cheque for £254 which is worth over £500 to the appeal fund.

Want to help with the next stage? We need a Project Manager to plan our work for raising School House Bridge - an exciting challenge to build a bridge quickly and cheaply.

Just click for more information!


Assembly Room, Welshpool Town Hall

2nd July at 2.30 pm

‘The Flora and Fauna of the Montgomery Canal’

by Brian Hogbin, Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

‘Establishing a Canalside Enterprise’

by Belinda Davenport of the Victorian Tearoom, Northwich.

Plus news of the Heritage Lottery Fund project on the canal and plans for future restoration.

Ecologist Sarah Hill discussing preparations  for restoration of Crickheath Wharf with Shropshire Councillors.