Annual report and accounts

Our annual report and accounts shows how we're continuing with our ambition to make life better by water by investing more money in what we do, encouraging and enabling more people to get involved, opening up waterways to more young people and ensuring more high quality waterside spaces.


Highlights in this year's annual report and accounts include:

  • An increase in charitable spending to £156m with record spend on waterway operation, maintenance and repair
  • Growth in volunteering to 671,000 hours, with the first volunteer recording 10,000 hours of service for the Trust, and a 27% growth in volunteer lock keepers to 1,130
  • A further increase as Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag status awarded to 250 miles of canals at year end (now 300 miles)
  • 420 local groupscanal adoption groups, corporate volunteers and community groups – helping to care for the Trust’s canals
  • Over 92,000 children enjoyed face-to-face sessions with the Trust’s Explorer’s team and nearly 4,000 adults and children took part in a ‘Let’s Fish!’ taster-session
  • An increase in boats of 0.5% to 34,367 with boating accounting for around 22% of overall income
  • The publication of the first Boater report explaining how the Trust generates income, including the contribution from boaters, and how the money is spent across the network
  • A growth in Friends (those making a regular financial donation) rising 18% to almost 29,000.

Resources expended on charitable activities

Spend on our charitable activities increased during 2018/19, including spending record amounts on core maintenance, repairs and infrastructure works.

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Our income also increased as we continue our efforts to develop a strong and diverse financial base to make sure we can care for our waterways, keeping them open and accessible for everyone to enjoy every day of the year.

Annual report and accounts: income chart 2018/2019

Last date edited: 31 July 2019