South West Herts Narrowboat Project

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Aims of the Project.

The South West Herts Narrowboat Project exists to provide a narrowboat for community and youth groups. Formed in 1987 as an independent UK charity, it serves a wide variety of user groups.

The narrowboat Dick's Folly.

The project narrowboat is a community resource.

We encourage maximum use of the boat by the community:

  • For youth or other groups as a day trip, weekend away or week long activity.

  • As an educational resource, for schools / groups to learn more about the environment, wildlife, the waterways, operating a narrowboat, negotiating locks, etc.

  • As an opportunity to see an entirely different view of local towns or taking a "back door" route into London on the Grand Union Canal.

  • For team building; getting members of a group working together and knowing each other better.

  • In order to gain access to the differing interests and hobbies that range from canal and industrial architecture to wildlife and environmental matters.

  • For all the community to enjoy the waterways and experience the richness of a slowed pace of life on the canal.

  • For building youth group memories that last a lifetime.

The Project actively encourages volunteers to join in and help.

Community involvement at the Project base (at Hunton Bridge, near Abbots Langley) is strongly encouraged. There are many rewards from being associated with the Project and there is always much to be involved with; maintenance, operations, training, taking the responsibility as a trained helmsman, joining in with Project events and more.

The Project is financed by voluntary contributions...

from users and grants or sponsorship from local organisations. All the Project's members are volunteers: there are no paid staff.


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Registered Charity No. 299973.