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.

A crane cutting trees by the canal Cutting trees by the canal

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 all of our trees every 18 months - pollarding, coppicing, felling and planting as necessary. In 2014/15 we spent £1.83 million managing our trees.

We also have to deal with around 200 tree emergencies each year. The vast majority of these trees belong to others.  If your property borders the canal network you have a legal obligation to manage your tree stock. Please manage them effectively so that we don’t have to divert money away from our work.

Apart from emergency tree work, all of our arboricultual activities are undertaken between October and March, to avoid disturbing any nesting birds or bat roosts. 

Last date edited: 26 April 2016