Kennet and Avon Canal Trust seeks project workers

Kennet and Avon Canal The trust says volunteers will get the chance to learn new skills

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A canal trust is looking for volunteers in Berkshire to contribute their time to a major restoration programme.

The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust has identified £500,000 worth of projects in the county.

If it can secure the manpower from volunteers it can apply for grants to complete the work.

The people who run the 50-year-old canal are planning a total of £5m worth of restoration along its entire length between Reading and Bristol.

'Learn new skills'

In Berkshire it wants to establish a visitor centre for the eastern entrance to the Kennet and Avon, upgrade its existing trip boat Jubilee at Newbury, provide a new trip boat at Reading and redevelop the visitor centre at Newbury.

Chairman Rob Dean said: "We are looking for reliable, flexible people who enjoy working as part of a team and who think they can add value, for example, either by organising people and things, or who have experience applying for grants.

"In return, we can offer them the chance to learn new skills and gain valuable, high-quality experience and training, make new friends and also create a lasting impact on one of the most historically important and stunning features of the UK's landscape."

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