We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

There are seven awards for the taking. Find out more about each category.

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Led by an independent panel of experts from the voluntary, environmental, arts, heritage, engineering and architecture sectors, the Living Waterways Awards celebrate the fantastic work done by individuals, communities and organisations to improve their canals, rivers, lochs and lakes making them exciting places to live, learn and spend time.

Art & Interpretation
Tell us how you are bringing the story of our waterways (the history or natural environment) to life in new and exciting ways. This could be through performance, arts, learning materials or engaging signage, which raises awareness of our canals and rivers, their purpose and relevance today.

Community & Volunteering
We want to recognise communities or volunteer groups who have made a real difference to the public’s enjoyment and experience of our canals and rivers.

Contribution to the built environment
Nominate the excellent waterside design & construction projects that are making our canals, rivers, lakes and lochs inspiring places to visit, live and work – this includes sculpture, public realm works, buildings and bridges.

Education & Learning
To recognise projects (and people) that use our waterways in innovative ways to help people learn about our canals and rivers or develop new skills and interests through formal or informal learning opportunities.

Natural environment
Projects that have enhanced the natural environment of our waterways, helped to create new wildlife habitats, protected threatened species or improved the quality of the water.

Recreation & Tourism
A project that has enhanced the use and enjoyment of our canals and rivers, attracted people to visit, discover and make use of them or a project that has enabled people to develop a healthier lifestyle.

Restoration & Historic Environment
This category will recognise excellent restoration or conservation projects, or work to preserve our historic waterside structures.

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Last date edited: 21 March 2016