The Wey & Arun Canal Trust was among those to honour the memory of Queen Elizabeth II at the Surrey Hills Wood Fair held in Cranleigh this weekend.

Stallholders and visitors to the annual fair paused to observe a minute’s silence at midday followed by the playing of the National Anthem in a moving tribute to the late Queen.

The fair, a celebration of woodland and nature organised by Surrey Hills Enterprises, is one of the highlights of the year for the Trust. Not only does the events team attend with its mobile display vehicle to update visitors on the latest restoration news but it also brings a range of construction vehicles for kids to try their hand at driving.

As in previous years the drive a digger experience was a huge hit with families and kept the volunteers busy right throughout the two-day event.

No charge was made for the experience but visitors made voluntary donations to the Trust, helping to raise funds for future restoration of the canal and its maintenance.

Thanks go to the organisers and all those who leant a hand over the two days including regular volunteers and those from the KESCRG group.


Photos by Jack Walker and Dave Miller.

The events team had a very busy weekend with many visitors stopping by to find out how the canal restoration is going. 

The Drive a Digger experience pulled in the crowds with kids keen to get behind the wheel.

The mini drivers soon found handling the kit isn't was easy as it looks.