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.
We have around one million trees growing along our waterways and these provide valuable wildlife habitats and beautiful places for people to relax. However, we have to manage them carefully to make sure they don’t damage our valuable infrastructure.
Self-seeded trees in the wrong places, such as bridges and embankments can lead to major structural damage. Dead, dying or diseased trees are more likely to come down in high winds. We survey our highest risk trees every 2 to 4 years based on where they are located, pollarding, coppicing, felling and planting as necessary. We are not obliged to survey Third Party trees adjacent to our land because we are unable to carry out works to trees that do not belong to us, although we are legally entitled to cut any overhanging branches. We spend over £1 million per year managing our trees.
We also have to deal with hundreds of tree emergencies each year, such as trees falling over, branches breaking off or significant changes in the tree’s health. The vast majority of these trees belong to others. If property borders the canal network landowners have a legal obligation to manage their tree stock. We would welcome effective management so that we don’t have to divert money away from our essential work.
Apart from emergency tree work, all of our arboricultural activities are undertaken between October and March, to avoid disturbing any nesting birds or bat roosts.
Tree cutting FAQs
Find out everything you ever wanted to know about how we manage the trees along our canals and rivers
Last date edited: 9 March 2018