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

A community garden along the Regent’s Canal

We’ve worked with Hanover Primary School in the heart of Islington to transform what used to be an unloved stretch of grass by City Road Lock on the Regent’s Canal into a welcoming garden and attractive space for the whole community to enjoy.

A young girl holding a plant next to the Regent's Canal The garden planting party, Regent's Canal

When the Canal & River Trust launched in July 2012, we opened an appeal to help Hanover Primary School to plant a community garden alongside the Regent's Canal in Islington, London. The money was successfully raised and the garden is now complete.

Thanks to many genorous donations from the public, and grants from the Mayor of London and GLA, this stretch of canal is now the perfect place for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to grab a breath of fresh air.

Outdoor classroom

Planting a garden on the Regent's CanalAs well as providing a valuable outdoor classroom for the children of Hanover School, the garden encourages wildlife and biodiversity along an urban stretch of canal. It gives inner-London residents the chance to get closer to nature in a way that wasn't available to them before. Now every child living in the area will have the chance to see a heron or a kingfisher.

Work on the construction of the garden started in February 2014 with the installation of wooden planters and bike planters. The wood for the planters was kindly donated by Jonathan West of Whitelands Wood.

The garden will now be looked after by the children and school staff as well as other members of the local area. A perfect way to bring people together and create a sense of community in the heart of our capital city.