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
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.
From unstoppable plants to aggressive animals-not all wildlife on the canal is welcome.
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You can see Japanese knotweed in the hedges by the canal. This fast-growing plant is listed as one of the world’s worst weeds. It takes over hedgerows, strangling our native plants. Cutting encourages growth, so it is controlled with chemicals.
Exotic pond plants from other countries grow very quickly, smothering the native plants. We have to ensure they don’t destroy our rare, protected plants.
Non-native animals can also be a problem. North American mink feed on water birds and small mammals. This has led to a decline in water voles in the UK.
Our native white-clawed crayfish is threatened by the aggressive invader, the American signal crayfish.
It is vital for our staff to monitor the canal and its wildlife to ensure that non-native species don’t take hold.
Native birds like the sedge warbler don’t mind which plant they perch on.
The next stop point is on a low level waymark post. Keep your eyes peeled or you’ll miss it.
Last date edited: 17 July 2015