If you are looking for a new challenge in 2019 then why not come along to one of the Wey & Arun Canal Trust's Volunteer Taster Days and find out how you can be a part of the canal's restoration.

The Trust held the first of a number of taster days this week, giving those interested the chance to meet working party volunteers and see members of the restoration teams in action.

“The Wey & Arun Canal Trust volunteers are achieving amazing things every week, working towards our aim of restoring the waterway that runs from Shalford in Surrey to Pallingham in West Sussex,” said Trust chairman Sally Schupke. “The Trust is run almost entirely by volunteers; they aren’t all experienced builders or forestry workers, just ordinary members of the public who are proving the extraordinary can be achieved with the right training, tools and motivation.”

Sally Schupke highlighted the many benefits of volunteering with the Trust. She said: “You’ll get a warm welcome from the friendly men and women who volunteer with us, people who come from all walks of life. You’ll also learn new skills, guided by our experienced team, and we’ll ensure you get all the equipment and training you need.

“On top of this is the knowledge you are leaving a legacy for years to come as more of the canal is restored for the enjoyment of all. So far 22 bridges and two aqueducts have been reconstructed, eleven locks restored and a new one built, several culverts rebuilt and many miles of canal bed cleared and dredged. None of this could have been achieved without volunteers.

“We encourage you to come and join us for a cuppa at our taster days and find out how you can be part of the success story.”

The taster days are being held from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday 20 February and Thursday 14 March at the recently restored section just off the A281 at Dunsfold/Alfold. To receive full details and to register, please email events@weyandarun.co.uk.