Get involved

The Trust is an almost entirely voluntary organisation, relying on the support of its members and friends, as well as the generosity of local businesses and local councils.

How can you help


By becoming a member you will be providing a useful contribution to the costs of running the project, and helping us to show the decision makers that you really care. National and local government and grant awarding bodies take notice of the amount of support that we have. Showing a growing membership helps us enormously.

Members of the Trust receive, as well as the satisfaction of being part of a worthwhile project, a quarterly Newsletter.

To join the Trust, please download the Membership Application form below. Please also complete the Gift Aid section where applicable.

Membership Application Form

Do you have some time to spare?

Everyone has something to contribute, volunteering with the trust is flexible and can be from a few hours a year to a couple a week. The choice is yours whatever your age, skill and background there are many different ways to get involved as we have volunteering activities to suit everyone for example a member of crew on the John Bunyan Boat, providing office administration, photography and talks to name a few.

Without our valued volunteers we would not have achieved the succes we have so far and we thank them for their continued support.

To find out more call 01908 351870 (answerphone please leave a message) or email


We have an experienced team of speakers who have so far undertaken over 150 presentations and spoken to nearly 4500 people delivering an illustrated talk on the latest developments. We would welcome new people to join our team of speakers experience is not necessary as full training is provided. If you are interested please contact us

The Projects Group

The purpose of this group is to oversee and progress our live projects. We maintain a list of potential projects that we are ready to launch them when conditions are right. At each meeting we update members on the progress towards the Trust's vision - building the waterway. We also have briefings from time to time on partner led projects, such as the off-road section of cycle route 51 between Bedford and the Forest Centre.

This is the ideal forum for volunteers to find out about our projects, to be updated on progress, and most importantly to get involved. the meetings are open to all members just let us know if you would like to attend. (by email to