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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
17 December 2015
Find out what the Trust’s fisheries and angling team have been up to. Keep up to date with the latest information on upcoming angling events and recent highlights.
8 October 2015
Jake joined the Trust in July 2015 as part of the Marketing & Communications team. He first went fishing aged 11 and has been hooked ever since. Jake will be telling you some stories from the bank as well as some helpful hints to hopefully pass on some of what he has learned over the years.
12 October 2015
John Essex was a key member of the legendary Leicester Likely Lads match team of the 1970’s. He picked up five first division one national championship team medals and was third overall in the 1975 match on the Nene, landing two carp, which was a remarkable angling feat at that time. John coached the Leicester juniors to five NFA junior titles and chaired Leicestershire Angling Federation for nearly 30 years
Still fishing weekly at club level, John is an avid collector of books and old tackle with an extensive library of nearly 1000 books. He will be releasing his first book, 'History of the National' shortly. John blogs for us about angling history and heritage.
22 October 2015
The team undertake a diverse range of work including looking after the Trust's £40 million worth of fish stocks, managing agreements with over 250 different angling clubs and helping more people, especially youngsters, take up angling on the canal. Follow this blog to keep updated with the thoughts and work of the team.
14 August 2017
Whenever a canal is drained of its water during our maintenance work or an unplanned emergency, as the charity that cares for everything to do with the nation's canals and rivers, we’ve a responsibility to make sure the resident fish are safe and well. But how do you do that?
17 January 2017
Last month's quiz was brilliant - loads of you were hooked. So, let's find out whether you know your ruffe from your roach?
2 December 2016
Are you an expert on all things fish and fishing? Test your all round angling knowledge with our quiz.
17 March 2016
When you think of physical activity, fishing isn’t usually the first sport to spring to mind. But in reality fishing can burn calories, strengthen muscle tone and improve overall fitness. Studies have shown that fishing also boosts mental health in a number of key ways. Read on to find out more.
22 January 2016
In this exciting new series we're profiling major historical figures in the angling world. We'll tell you about the real life heroes who have devoted time, energy and sometimes their entire lives to fisheries conservation and the development of angling.
Last date edited: 28 November 2017