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The winners of the 2016 Living Waterways Awards have been announced, after the ceremony at Birmingham Town Hall last night (14 September 2016).

After a series of visits and assessments, which saw expert judges travel across the country from Norfolk to Gloucester, and from London to Cheshire, an independent panel of experts, led by Christopher Rodrigues CBE, selected its finalists for the 2016 Living Waterways Awards.

From inspirational visitor centres and vibrant theatrical performances, to innovative education projects and pioneering environmental initiatives, winners are listed under nine award categories:

Art & Interpretation

Mikron Theatre

Winner: Mikron Theatre Annual Waterways Tour 2015
Runner-up: Floating Cinema on Tour
Commended: Stoke Bruerne Interpretation Project

Community & Volunteering

Community & Volunteering

Winner: Macclesfield Canal Green Flag
Runner-up: Helping Hedgerows
Commended: IWA Northampton Arm Adoption; and IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Work Party

Contribution to the Built Environment

Porter Brook Pocket Park

Winner: Porter Brook Pocket Park
Commended: Saltisford Canal Arm Restoration

Education & Learning

Coombeswood Canal Trust DofE

Winner: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential
Runner-up: Waterworks
Commended: Towpath Walks

Natural Environment


Winner: Fenny Compton Butterflies
Runner-up: Essex River Wardens

Recreation & Tourism

Dudley Canal & Tunnel

Winner: Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust
Runner-up: Tall Ships Gloucester
Commended: Birmingham Cycle Revolution

Restoration & Historic Environment

Nantwich Aqueduct

Winner: Conserve Nantwich Aqueduct
Commended: North Walsham & Dilham Canal Restoration

Special Award

Flood volunteers

Volunteers Flood In 

Outstanding Achievement Award


Di Skilbeck MBE

Last date edited: 15 September 2016