North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust


Page updated: July 2015 

The Environment Agency has said “The best way to protect and improve the water environment is by everyone becoming actively involved either by taking part in our consultation or getting involved in one of the many groups and organisations that help care for it.”


How YOU can help the restoration of the canal!

 1.   The Trust (represented by David Revill and Chris Black) meet regularly with an Environment Agency (EA) manager to discuss and resolve issues which the EA have with the ongoing restoration of the North Walsham and Dilham Canal.

The main issues are:

a).    The EA's continued insistence that the NW&D Canal is a river and not a canal.

b).   The classification of the NW&D Canal, to comply with the EU Water Framework Directive, as a 'recovering river' in 2009 ignoring the fact that this canal is still governed by active Acts of Parliament of 1812 & 1866.

c).   That this classification ignores the Act of 1866 which forbids the closure of the canal.

d).  That this classification has resulted in an EA order to stop all legitimate maintenance work on the canal section between Ebridge Lock and Bacton Wood Lock by the owners of this section of the canal (OCC Ltd.).

e).  That the EA did not follow the consultation rules as laid down in the 'Water Framework Directive' regarding consultations prior to assessment.  They did not consult with the Canal Co. or with the EAWA restoration group.

f).    The re-watering of the canal section from Bacton Wood Lock to Swafield.  The Trust has provided the EA with an engineering solution which has proved that there is enough feed-water to allow lock operations and milling at the restored mill at Bacton Wood whilst maintaining a flow of water in a back drain.  It also includes flood defence measures.

2.       The Trust continues to vigorously pursue a resolution of these main issues.  

You can help us by writing to your MP in support of the restoration of the 'North Walsham and Dilham Canal', stating that it is for the Public Good and will save Norfolk's only locked sailing canal for future generations to walk beside, sail or boat on, providing a working example of a 19th Century canal as an educative aid for our children, a haven for wildlife and a fine example of Norfolk's Industrial Heritage.

You can also help by signing our Petition stating that you support the restoration.  This will always be available at any event arranged by The Trust, 2586 people have done this already.

You can write to the Environment Agency.  They are committed to take into account Public Opinion - a fact of which we have vigorously reminded them.  Write to the EA chaiman as letters usually have more impact from above.

Please show your support for the work we are doing by writing to:

Charles Beardall

Area Manager (Eastern)

Environment Agency

Dragonfly House

2 Gilders Way



You can also help by joining the Trust.  

It doesn't mean you have to do any heavy work at work-parties (although it is great fun and a free work out twice a month), you might have a skill we need!

Contact is available only by email.  Please click on the link by clicking here if you can spare some time to help with the restoration or any associated voluntary work.

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North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust

Trust Administrator
Mob: 07954 055966