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Nottingham Canal Improvement Partnership

As the name suggests, the Nottingham Canal Improvement Partnership is all about making the whole five mile length of Nottingham Beeston Canal better for people and wildlife.

The Partnership brings together businesses, voluntary organisations and public sector bodies to help improve the canal, which runs from Meadow Lane Lock to Beeston Lock, for the thousands of people living and working alongside them.

Escape the pressures

In particular the Partnership will explore opportunities for enhancing and better promoting the canal so that it can attract more visitors, boost local businesses and provide a space for local people to keep active and escape the pressures of modern life.

Working with award winning architects Farrer Huxley, we've developed a vision for bringing more life to the canalside. Initial ideas include redeveloping Castle Wharf to create a new community space for events and pop up markets and reinvigorating green space next to Wilford Street.


There are also aspirations for better lighting and signage as well as plans to make the whole length of the canal better for wildlife with new trees, climbing plants and bulbs planted. We've already started this work with a linear wildflower meadow planted along the London Road section of the canal and new floating reedbeds installed in Castle Wharf.

Wellbeing by water

Around 75,000 people in Nottingham live within one kilometre of the canal and, through the Partnership, we want to engage with the diverse communities that live and work near the canal and encourage them to experience the health and wellbeing benefits of being by water.

You can view the full-length launch of the Nottingham Canal Improvement Partnership here.

For more information about the Partnership, including how to get involved, contact [email protected]

Minutes of the Partnership Steering Group can be found here and Terms of Reference are here.


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Last Edited: 13 November 2020

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