Work Parties

BCN Society Work Parties

  • Cleaning up on the Walsall Canal
    Stuart Sherratt, 2016

    Look what we found!

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 24 March 2018 - Sunday 25 March 2018

    The Big BCN Cleanup

    The annual BCN Cleanup - join in for the weekend, working from Wednesfield towards Sneyd Junction.  

    See the IWA website for details of how to book for the weekend.  (Accommodation at the Malthouse stables, and all food provided)

    Or come along for the day - details later.

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    Last Updated: 06 Nov 17

  • Wednesday 04 April 2018

    Come and join the Greener Birmingham volunteers

    Meets for a 10am start on the first Wednesday of each month at Cambrian House, at the top of the Farmers Bridge flight.  

    Find out more at

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    Last Updated: 03 Jan 18