There are many organisations involved with the Moira Canal Festival and the wider waterways. To find out more follow the appropriate links.
A sub committee of the Ashby Canal Trust is responsible for organising the Moira Canal Festival. The festival raises both money and awareness of the Ashby Canal and supports restoration. Proceeds from the festival will go the Trust, which, along with other potential sources will contribute towards maintenance of restored lengths and to further restoration.
Moira Furnace Museum Trust is a member of Ashby Canal Trust, and provides the site, with its dramatic backdrop of the Moira Furnace, for the canal festival event. The Furnace was completed in 1804, but was not a success. It is now listed Grade 2 and a scheduled monument.
The County Council are leading the project to restore the Ashby Canal from Snarestone to Measham and ultimately to Moira. Further information is available from the Ashby
Founded in 1966 due to concern over the progressive closure of the northern 8 miles of the Ashby Canal, the Association now promotes the restoration of that abandoned length of the Ashby Canal, as well as encouraging the use of the 22 miles currently navigable from the junction with the Coventry Canal at Bedworth to Snarestone.
The Inland Waterways Association is the national organisation which campaigns for the retention, maintenance and restoration of Britain’s waterways.
The festival site at the Moira Furnace is very much at the Heart of the National Forest. Indeed, the National Forest head office is adjacent to the Ashby Canal at Bath Yard Basin, a few minutes from the festival site.
The National Forest is a forest in the making, transforming 200 square miles of central England. Already more than 7.8 million trees have been planted and woodland cover has increased from 6% to 18%. It is a bold project, blending new and maturing woodland within a wide variety of landscapes, presenting opportunities for many to take part in its development.
British Waterways is responsible for the management of over 2000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales. Waterscape has been set up to provide information on activities and gives an outline of the waterways under British Waterways’ control.