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

Social wellbeing

Waterways have a role to play in improving wellbeing, inclusion and prospects of communities and individuals.

Should your plan consider:

  • encouraging the use of waterways in place-making
  • recognising that living afloat contributes towards increasing choice in housing types and lifestyle, and contributes to the life, vitality and natural surveillance of the waterway
  • supporting the protection, conservation and enhancement of waterways’ heritage and their built environment
  • encouraging the use of waterways and towpaths for leisure, recreation and sporting activities as part of the ‘natural health service’, acting as ‘blue gyms’ and supporting physical and healthy outdoor activity
  • supporting the use of waterways as an educational resource and recognising waterways as active and inventive providers of open-air learning activities

Last date edited: 12 July 2017