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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We can help you promote your marina to customers in the following ways:
We list all mooring providers free of charge on our website, www.canalrivertrust.org.uk The searchable database displays a detailed description of the mooring and whether there are current vacancies for long term mooring customers.
- Canal boat and inland waterways www.canalboatmag.co.uk
- Canal and riverboat www.canalandriverboat.co.uk
- Waterways World The Well House, High Street , Burton on Trent, Staffordshire , DE14 1JQ , England . Advertising manager email@example.com
- Waterways (quarterly journal of the Inland Waterways Association) www.waterways.org.uk
An off-line mooring scheme is likely to require periodic dredging, potentially every 10 years depending upon the design of the marina and the sediment levels in the adjoining waterway. Mooring schemes on river navigations are likely to experience greater siltation due to the flows of water. The need to dredge will have cost implications particularly related to disposal of the arisings.
Dredging can cause environmental harm through release of contaminants within the sediment, reducing oxygen levels and by the physical impact of silt smothering invertebrates and affecting fish. Environmental mitigation measures should be employed during dredging. You should discuss dredging with our local operational team in advance, so that we can consider the implications for the adjacent waterway. We may also be able to advise on best practice and coordinate with our own dredging plans.
Boundary features, frontages and planting schemes should be designed to limit potential for graffiti and litter accumulation. Floating litter will need to be removed and the use of booms/interceptors may assist its collection.
Use of herbicides in or near water is restricted, even on paving away from the water's edge. The only herbicides which may be used are those specifically permitted for use in or near water and must be used by suitably qualified individuals, for example those registered with the British Agrochemical Standards Inspection Scheme www.basis-reg.com.
Submerged vegetation can be a problem to those who manage mooring sites, but it forms a vital component in the aquatic ecosystem. Treatment of a mooring area can impact on the adjacent waterway and therefore management of aquatic vegetation should only be carried out after consultation with our local operational team.
The structures and facilities on site will have to be maintained which includes cleansing of pontoons, steps and slipways of algae and weed, painting etc. The maintenance of structures over water generates a range of pollutants, including metal particulates, paint, polluted water, detergents and cement. The controls on polluting water are strict and the introduction of any of the pollutants or soils must be avoided. Suitable risk assessments, method statements and pollution prevention measures must be applied. Refer to Planning Policy Guidance 23 (PPG 23) for full details at www.communities.gov.uk.
Facilities for the correct storage of wastes produced by customers will have to be provided and the waste disposed of via appropriate routes. Segregating waste and recycling may reduce waste costs. The local authority will advise of their local requirements. Other issues to consider include litter, dog waste, security etc.
"The Green Blue" www.thegreenblue.org.uk is a joint venture by the British Marine Federation and the Royal Yachting Association. Its aim is to promote the sustainable use of coastal and inland waters by watersports participants and the sustainable operation and development of the recreational marine industry The project aims to educate and inform its target audience about their environmental impacts, emphasising how they can avoid or minimise these impacts and promoting good practice through practical projects, training, research and visual materials.
The British Marine Federation www.britishmarine.co.uk have also published 'Environmental Code of Practice' which is a comprehensive guide and useful reference.
Encams (Environmental Campaigns) www.encams.org.uk is a useful organisation that can provide advice and may potentially offer grants for certain aspects of maintenance. They are also the England and N. Ireland contact for the international Blue Flag scheme which is an 'eco-label' award for marinas and beaches that meet environmental criteria. Information can be found at www.seasideawards.org.uk.
When you are operating, our local office will be your main point of contact.
Once the access from your site to our waterway is open, the terms of our Network Access Agreement with you come into effect. There will be a range of clauses in your agreement which relate to the operation of your site. Refer to the page Our Application Process - Legal Agreements of this website for more information on the Network Access Agreement.
You should ensure that your customers in the marina have a Canal & River Trust licence for their boat and allow our patrol staff access to your site to check boat licences and review records that you keep.
We aim to develop a good working relationship with you at our local office and encourage you to have regular liaison with us to ensure that we understand and support your business where we can.
You should also refer to the page Design and Safety area of this website for information on safety issues relating to site operation.
A biodiversity management plan for the site should be drawn up and implemented to ensure long-term survival of the biodiversity features, both existing and new, of the site.
Last date edited: 11 November 2016