To promote, for the benefit of the public, the restoration, conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the North Walsham and Dilham Canal and its canal corridor.
The Trust was formed in January 2008 by volunteers involved with the East Anglian Waterways Association, a small group of people who were passionate about the restoration of Norfolk’s only locked sailing canal.
Overseen by our Trust Chair our ‘volunteers’ group consists of: The Chair, Honorary Vice President, A Trust Administrator, Treasurer, Work Party Co-Ordinator and Work Party Leaders. The Trust also has a Press Officer, Membership Secretary, ICT Officer along with a Wildlife Officer, Fisheries Officer, Boating Officer, “Quagmire” Newsletter Editor, Grants Officer, and along with our Trustees we also have specialist Officers; not forgetting our canal restoration and maintenance volunteers and our ‘events’ volunteers.
We’ve taken great steps forward in the last thirteen years. The mill pond at Ebridge has been cleared, Bacton Wood Lock, Royston and Ebridge spillways have been renovated, there has been de-silting done, bank strengthening work and replacement of the lock gates at Bacton Wood Lock including the Trusts first project as a registered charity, the restoration and build of new lock gates at Ebridge. The top lock gates being unveiled at our 2019 Open Weekend have been replaced. Our next project is to replace the Ebridge ‘lower’ lock gates. Before we could go ahead with this the culvert alongside the Ebridge lock has been repaired and rebuilt allowing the large hole close to the Ebridge lock having been filled in.
Over 2.3 miles of the Canal bank and one mile of the canal has been opened up for the public use, whether walkers, birders, boaters and gongoozlers. Late 2017 saw the introduction of ‘pleasure cruises’ on our environmentally friendly solar powered canal cruise boat which is proving to be extremely popular. On 10th January 2018 a TRIAL re-watering of the Canal section between Pigneys Wood and Royston Bridge took place, which proved to be very successful.
All of this made possible with the help and support of the Canal landowners, their workforce and many, many Trust volunteers. All work undertaken by The North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust has been funded by donations from businesses, groups and the general public to which we thank you.