Waterways in bloom

There is something about gardening that just makes us feel good, and the green-fingered among us know that gardening is an escape from our busy modern lives. Whether you're creating your very own sanctuary or appreciating another's efforts, gardens bring peace and vibrancy to the busiest towns and towpaths.

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These spaces don’t just boast beautiful flowers, herb gardens or ornamental masterpieces, but provide a natural space where birds sing, hedgehogs roam and bees enjoy a delicious meal. Around our 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, towpath gardens and blooming boats give you extra reason to pause, enjoy the view and feel better.

It’s no surprise that gardening and wellbeing come hand in hand. Whether your piece of verdant delight is a spacious back garden, a small patch, a windowsill or just some pots outside the front door, you will find that a little bit of effort can go a long way, and the results will make you smile every time you see it.

Chelsea and Gardeners’ World Live

This year we're excited to be part of both the Chelsea Flower Show and BBC Gardeners’ World Live. 

Blooms by the water

This summer we'd like you to visit our beautiful green corridors, discovering all the amazing gardens and floating floral displays along the way. Why not share some of your photos with us too?

Community gardens and volunteering

Below, we have some great examples of our volunteers creating beautiful spaces along our waterways. These inspiring projects across the country show just how amazing our volunteers are and the work they're doing to make everybody's time by water, that much better.