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.
See our gallery of images for Boats in Bloom.
Our gallery has now closed to new nominations for Boats in Bloom. However, you can still view the beautiful photos that have already been shared.
Our panel will be looking at all the nominations we receive for the special awards and choosing a shortlist that the public can vote for to choose the winners.
John EllisJohn is a fisheries graduate with over 30 years experience in the field of fisheries and environmental management. He joined British Waterways in 1988 as fisheries manager south, advancing to the role of fisheries & environmental manager South in 1993. In 2009, John took over the role of National Fisheries & Angling Manager. His other interests include horticulture and he is a keen vegetable grower. John is also the twice winner of the Percy Thrower Championship trophy at Shrewsbury Flower shower (2013 and 2014).
Julie ClarkJulie writes a monthly gardening column in Canal Boat Magazine and is no stranger to gardening on a boat. After spending some time living Warwickshire she happened upon the inland boating world and caught the bug. She had never been on a narrow boat but soon found and fell in love with her little boat, Jade. In another life she'd attended horticultural college and has a life long love of flowers and gardening. Now she combines the two by finding ways to have a floating garden on my boat. There are many compromises but also some advantages – no slugs!
Matthew SymondsMatthew works in the Trust’s boating team and is a keen gardener who is used to growing in very small challenging spaces. His small shady city garden is just 5x6 meters and is split over two levels. This hasn’t stopped him filling it with a wide range of plants. Matthew’s garden was featured on BBC Gardener’s World in September 2016.
Hilary BrookeHilary is a member of the the Trust's North East Waterway Partnership. She is passionate about the countryside, walking and the waterway corridors. She spent 30 years working in Regeneration, involving local communities and the public and private sectors in co-operative decision making and delivery of programmes.
Dr Mark RobinsonMark is one of the Trust's National Ecologists. He has been with the Trust, and formerly British Waterways, for over 16 years. Prior to this he was an ecological consultant, in the UK and South East Asia, work that resulted in the description of several new species, of rodents, insectivores and a bat, new to science. He provides ecological support to the South Wales & West Waterway, as well as having a national focus, providing specialist support and advice on protected species, particularly bats and badgers, vegetation management and media. He is the national spokesperson, and part of the development team, for the Canal & River Trust annual Great Nature Watch.
Sandra KellySandra has been with the Trust for over two years and is the Finance & Corporate Services Director. She has a keen interest in horticulture spending all her spare time in her garden with views towards the Chilterns. Sandra's garden is c1.3 acres on various levels with a wildflower area, bog garden, vegetable and cutting garden and the main flower borders are at the top of a very steep slope which fortunately is where the house is. The garden is open under the national garden scheme along with a few others in her village.