Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Here at the Canal & River Trust, we’re passionate about caring for the environment. We play our part by making sure that everything we do to care for the nation’s canals leaves as small a carbon footprint as possible. We call this our Green Plan.
We’re committed to reducing our energy use from travel, purchasing our products from sustainable sources, reducing the waste that we send to landfill and protecting our wonderful waterways for all to enjoy.
From searching out responsibly sourced timber for our lock gates, to encouraging our staff to use public transport where possible, our Green Plan covers almost every facet of what we do. We are always seeking to do better.
As a recognition of our sustainability work, we are delighted to announce our re-certification to the Carbon Trust Standard.
This re-certification acknowledges our on-going efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, as demonstrated by the further 6.7% reduction achieved between 2014 and 2016. This progress has been achieved through a number of initiatives, including:
We use a considerable amount of timber and paper products in our work. Timber is used in a wide variety of applications from lock gate construction to towpath repairs and fencing works.
We are long standing member of the World Wildlife Fund - Global Forest Trade Network (GFTN) and fully support the aims of the group in encouraging the use of sustainably sourced forest products.
We are fully committed to the use of credibly sourced timber and our policy is to purchase Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved or verified recycled forestry products. 97% of our purchases met this standard in 2016.
See our 2016 report to WWF for details of our performance over many years and to learn of our commitment to improve further.
Last date edited: 4 January 2018