Join the Avon Navigation Trust

The Avon Needs You

The Upper Avon Navigation Trust and the Lower Avon Navigation Trust amalgamated in 2010 to provide one continuous navigation authority on the river, the Avon Navigation Trust.

The Trust is a charity supported almost entirely by revenue from tolls for boat licences. It receives no funding from central or local government.


The objectives for which the Trust is established are the preservation, maintenance in good order, and improvement of canals, navigable rivers and inland waterways for the use of the public.


The Trust is governed by a board of Trustees on the Council of Management, who are all volunteers, appointed by the ordinary members of the Trust in general meeting. The Council meets monthly to decide on policy and direction, and to agree on the planned works programme.

Day to day operation of the navigation is delegated to the General Manager who has a small team of administrative staff and works team, with the help and assistance of volunteers. The General Manager works from the Trust's offices at Mill Wharf, Wyre Piddle, near to Pershore, supported by an Office Manager. The works team is made up of welders, fitters and boatmen, they work as required, up and down the river, maintaining the navigation.

Reachmasters and other volunteers help the Trust with light maintenance work, manning locks on busy days, and assisting boaters. One lock on the Navigation, Avon Lock at Tewkesbury, is manned with a full-time in the season lock keeper who checks and collects licence tolls.

Engineering Facilities & Work Boats

The Navigation Trust's maintenance yard and wharf is next to the offices at Wyre, and includes moorings for the workboats, cranes, excavators, engineering workshops, equipment stores, and spare gear supplies. The Trust has it's own fleet of workboats, including tugs, hoppers, barges and work flats used to carry out maintenance on the river and also conduct contract work earning much needed funds to help suppliment our other income. The Navigation also has a wharf and store area at Luddington Lock.


You can support the work of the Trust by becoming a member. Members do not need to become involved, but they can attend the Annual General Meeting, ask questions or comment on how the river is run, nominate new members and trustees, and vote. In return the Trust sends a regular bulletin to keep members up to date with the latest information about the Navigation, and related news and events.

Membership costs as little as £10, but adds valuable funds. Application forms are available from the Trust's office if you would like us to send or email one.


We need your help to run the Navigation. Volunteers provide much needed assistance to the Trust; their work is vital to maintaining and improving this historic waterway, and they create goodwill amongst the boaters and other users on our beautiful river.

Can you help with weekend lock duties in the summer months, painting, grass cutting, and general maintenance? Do you have a special skill or qualification; diver, digger driver, or engineer? Would you like to join a works party or crew on one of the Trust's tugs or work boats? If you can spare a few hours and would like to volunteer to help, please let us know.

Reachmasters are regular volunteers nominated to assist the trust on a short stretch of the river including a lock. They notify the maintenance crew of any faults with the lock gear, help with painting and keeping the area tidy, and occasionally help boaters on busy weekends. They meet regularly and get support and training from the Trust's staff. If you would like to adopt a reach, please contact the office.