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Volunteer on the waterways

There are lots of ways you can get involved with the waterways in Bath and North East Somerset.

You can expand the following headings to learn more about some of the volunteer opportunities available in our area:

WaterSpace Workboat

The WaterSpace Workboat is a volunteer taskforce run jointly by Bath & North East Somerset Council and the Canal & River Trust. The volunteers deliver a variety of tasks from one of their two boats, Sulis and Community Spirit. In 2022 they undertook over 3,600 hands-on volunteer hours including the removal of invasive species, clearing rubbish, creating habitats and restoring locks.

You can find more information on current opportunities by visiting the Canal & River Trust's Volunteering webpage.

Bristol Avon Rivers Trust

The Bristol Avon Rivers Trust is a community-led organisation which delivers education, land and river management advice, surveying and practical river restoration projects.

You can find more information by visiting the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust website.

Community litter picks

You can get involved in community litter picks local to you. There are established groups that operate locally, for example:

You could also organise a community litter pick.

Avon Invasive Species Forum

The Avon Invasive Species Forum are an independent group offer who are aiming to raise awareness of non-native invasive species in Avon, opportunities include conducting surveys, education, event organisation and publicity.

You can get involved by contacting the Avon Invasive Species Facebook page.

Saltford Brassmill

The Saltford Brass Mill Project carry out a variety of tasks within the building itself and research the history of the copper and brass industry.

Find out more by visiting the Brassmill's website, or get involved by emailing