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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
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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.
My attitude towards New Year’s resolutions is apathetic at best. I base this on the fact that if it takes a particular date in the diary, which happens only once in any twelve months, for you to decide to do/not do something then the likelihood of that lasting the test of time is slim to none.
I believe my views are realistic rather than pessimistic but you’re very welcome to correct me if you think I’m wrong.
Yesterday, after returning from a really rather lovely festive break, I had a conversation with a likeminded colleague about what appeared on our 2014 'To Do' lists.
Sounds very much like New Year’s resolutions, you say. No, I don’t agree at all and I'll tell you why.
You see, the fundamental distinction is achievability. Appearing on our lists were a number of smaller, more realistic and (largely) obtainable tasks. We weren’t looking to change our behaviour per se, just to give ourselves the best chance of getting to 31st December 2014 and being able to look back and say “what a year that was!”
But, driving to work today, I took some time to think about what my resolutions for 2014 would be…If I were that way inclined, of course. I came to the conclusion that I had only two. They’re both equally important and would set me in very good stead for the year ahead.
They’ll do for now. I think.
What's more, I also know that at least thirty nine of you are most likely to agree with my first resolution because I've had a sneaky look and see that you’ve chosen to name your boats Carpe Diem.
So, I’m in very good company indeed.
Sarina joined us in 2008 as our customer services co-ordinator. Among other things, she manages our national customer service team, complaints procedure and requests for information made to the Trust. She says that the most important thing to her is to be able to go home and feel as though she’s achieved something, however small that might be. Her job is hugely satisfying, widely varied, full of deadlines, immensely interesting, sometimes challenging and no day is ever the same, although some are surprisingly familiar!