Volunteer Work Parties

If you have a few hours to spare and would like to get involved in looking after the rivers, streams and canal in the Kennet catchment there are several ways you can join in.


ARK run regular volunteering sessions in and by the river. Tasks run throughout the catchment including Marlborough, Hungerford, Newbury and Reading.

Activities include riverbank restoration, planting, in-stream habitat improvements and maintenance, and litter picking.

Find out more on the ARK website

Canal & River Trust

Whether you want to become a volunteer lock keeper, help wildlife, learn more about canal heritage or take on more of an office-based role, there’s bound to be an opportunity at the Canal & River Trust to suit you. As one of the newest charities in England and Wales, we’re holding a huge volunteer campaign to help us meet our important aims. There’s never been a better time to get involved!

Find out more on the Canal and River Trust website

Kennet & Avon Canal Trust

We need volunteers to continue our vital work along the 87 mile Kennet & Avon. We are entering a new phase of restoration, embarking on an ambitious programme of works valued at around £5m, and more volunteers would help us achieve that goal.

Find out more on the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust website

West Berkshire Countryside Society (WBCS)

We have a group of volunteers, (the Pang Valley Conservation Group), who provide practical work for the WBCS and also support the conservation work of West Berkshire Council and the local Parish Councils.

Find out more on the West Berkshire Countryside Society website

Newbury Renewal Project

The Heritage Lottery funded ‘RENEWAL’ (Restoration in Newbury Along the river Lambourn) Community Project  is now underway with lots of exciting events and activities planned for the river Lambourn in Newbury over the next three years.

Find out more on the Newbury Renewal Project website