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Oakham Canal Green Corridor Project aims to create a linear heritage, environment and leisure facility to the north of Oakham, based around the former Oakham Canal. We aim to work with landowners, tenant farmers and other groups to:

·       Engage the local community in developing and maintaining this important leisure corridor. 

·       Preserve the remains of the Oakham Canal as a heritage asset and provide historical interpretation. 

·       Enhance the environment, improving footpaths and public access while developing habitats and diversity.

The vision behind our Project was that of one man, Paul Dadford, who campaigned for years to bring the project to life and set up the project to deliver on his vision.

​The Green Corridor will start at the Springfield Estate in the south and end close to the Oakham Enterprise Park. Ultimately it may be possible to extend the corridor further north towards Rocks by Rail.


Oakham Canal Green Corridor Project is run by a committed team of volunteers:

Martin Ball                          Land & Corporate Affairs Officer

Gary Berridge                    Operations Officer

Neil Broad                         Finance & Funding Officer

Paul Cundy                        Projects Officer

Max Devere-Summers      Youth & Ecology Officer

Jamie Mulvany                  Operations Officer

Stephanie Ross                 Communications Officer


We are lucky to have some great local partners, who support us in a variety of ways.

Without them, none of what we do would be possible:

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Staff from Hanson's UK HQ, in Syston, have supported us on a number of work parties, getting involved in activities from clearing vegetation to building steps and a brand new footpath, all undertaken as a staff Community Engagement project. We look forward to continuing this programme of visits!

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As neighbours to the Oakham Canal, Berry Superfos availed us of vital secure parking facilities during our footpath projects. We also enjoyed having groups of Berry Superfos apprentice engineers on site during one of our recent major footpath upgrades, undertaken as part of the community service aspect of their training course. We look forward to their next visit!

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Renowned Environmental consultancy Ecology Resources are kindly helping us with site surveys, wildlife monitoring and strategic advice.



Oakham Canal runs through the site of Oakham School. Pupils are helping us with ideas and inspiration for our marketing and fundraising. They even designed our logo!


Local premium agricultural machinery supplier, supports OCGCP with discounted tools, hire and support.

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The Lions Club Of Rutland

Severn Trent

Global, yet local, service charity, contributed funding to one of our major footpath projects and advised on wider fund raising strategies.

A key funding sponsor for our ongoing footpath upgrade work.

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We are working in partnership with Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust to encourage wildlife habitats and align our environmental aims in the local area.



Events giant Trivandi support us through a variety of fundraising events and staff volunteer work parties.

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RNHS are working with us to understand and encourage wildlife habitats, by observing species counts along the canal.

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We are lucky enough to have at least four species of bats along the canal - LRBG have been helping us to identify exactly which species are resident.

The Melton and Oakham Waterways Association (MOWS) aims to maximise the social, economic, environmental and leisure opportunities from the restoration of the Melton Mowbray Navigation and preservation of the Oakham Canal.

Rutland County Council supports the project in their role as landowner, planning authority and having responsibility for the rights of way.

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Global digital education provider, Edmentum, support us through staff volunteer work parties.

The Society’s volunteers have helped us collate information on the milestones that used to line the canal between Oakham and Melton Mowbray.

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Your canal needs YOU!

Could your organisation be the next to support the Oakham Canal Project?

We need you!

Get in touch if you want to be involved.

Our Policies & Reports

See below our published Policies:

Health & Safety Policy

Our overarching Health & Safety policy.

Small Site Risk Briefing

A briefing for all our on-site project activities, supporting our Health & Safety policy.

Equal Opportunities Policy

Demonstrating our commitment to complying with the Equality Act of 2010

Safeguarding Policy

Describes our approach to managing the safety of Volunteers of all ages.

See below our published Reports:

Financial Statement 2020-21

Final submitted version.

Annual Report 2020-21

Final submitted version.

Financial Statement 2021-22

Final submitted version.

Annual Report 2021-22

Final submitted version.

Financial Statement 2022-23

In preparation.

Annual Report 2022-23

In preparation.


You can support our work

If you like the changes you are seeing at Oakham Canal, please consider making a safe, secure donation via Paypal to help us continue our work. We've got big plans, but we need the resources to help make them happen!

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