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

Trent & Mersey Canal breach repairs

In September 2012 we launched our first ever emergency appeal when a section of embankment along the Trent & Mersey Canal collapsed. The breach left a crater the size of 12 double decker busses and a huge clean-up bill.

A digger repairing the Trent & Mersey CanalWhen the canal embankment collapsed, water flooded into a nearby farmer’s field leaving a 40-metre hole. Thanks to your generous donations we were able to start work quickly to repair the embankment and completed the job well ahead of schedule. Your donations also meant that we didn’t have to divert funds away from repairs to our waterways elsewhere.

Over 24 million litres of water and 12 thousand tonnes of stones were used to restore canal so that it could be enjoyed by boaters, walkers and nature lovers once again.

The BBC’s One Show broadcast the live opening of the canal as the first boats travelled through the restored section of the canal.

Overwhelmed with support

Vince Moran, operations director for the Canal & River Trust, said: “We were overwhelmed with the support and kind donations from the public to help us with the repairs.

"The way that local enthusiasts, community groups, boaters and cyclists have rallied together to help us get the canal open again has been amazing. The incident has demonstrated the love that people have for canals, which are continuing to thrive two centuries after they were built.”