Driffield Navigation Trust is a registered charity, responsible for the management and maintenance of the Driffield Canal, which terminates at Riverhead near the centre of the market town. Over the past 40 years, the trust and its teams of volunteers (including the now-disbanded Driffield Navigation Amenities Association) have done a great deal to refurbish the canal, spending around £600,000 on replacing and improving all the locks and bridges along the 11-mile historic waterway. The major sticking point is the low fixed road-bridge at Wansford, but the trust is working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and other partners to discuss the way forward to replacing it with an opening bridge.
The trust is therefore on a mission to see craft of all shapes and sizes being able to sail all the way from Hull and the Humber network of waterways into the canal basin at Riverhead, without being impeded. It is important that the maintenance and administration of Driffield Navigation for leisure and recreational purposes are properly funded, and in addition all environmental, conservation and heritage matters receive attention. The trust has no statutory revenue, so has to depend on fundraising events, grants and donations to be able to fully carry out a programme of work to keep the canal running. It is appealing to people to get involved with fundraising. Anyone wishing to help can send donations to DNT treasurer Peter Markham at the registered office (5 New Walk Close, Driffield YO25 5LG). The trust can also be contacted at driffieldnavigationtrust.org.