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News article created on 18 February 2015

Living Waterway Awards 2015

The Living Waterway Awards recognise the most inspiring and exciting waterway-based projects across the UK and the Trust wants your nominations before 13 March 2015.

The Living Waterway Awards celebrate the work done by individuals, communities and organisations to improve their canals and rivers, making them exciting places to live, learn and spend time.

Tony Hales, chairman of the Canal & River Trust, explains: "We're on the search for those people and projects that have done their most to make a difference to the nation's canals and rivers – transforming the places they pass through, and enriching the lives of all who use them."

There are seven award categories up for grabs: Art & Interpretation, Contribution to the Built Environment, Community & Volunteering, Education & Learning, Natural Environment, Recreation & Tourism and Restoration & Historic Environment.

To nominate a person or a project for this year's awards, click here.

We take a look back at some of last year’s winners.

Rochdale Canal Connections (Category: Art & Interpretation)

This project stands out as a leading example of how to raise awareness of canals and bring their stories and natural environment to life. Thanks to Calderdale Council, Pennine Prospects and the local community, the once neglected stretches through the centre of Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Luddendenfoot are now vastly improved thanks to the sowing of wildflowers, new signage, tidied-up towpaths and the installation of unique pieces of artwork, including a stunning hawk sculpture in Mytholmroyd, reflecting the poetry of locally-born Ted Hughes.

River Irwell Restoration (Category: Natural Environment)

Thirty years ago, the River Irwell in Manchester was one of the most polluted rivers in Europe. Today, new life has been breathed into its waters thanks to the Environment Agency and Irwell Rivers Trust removing dilapidated weirs that were acting as barriers for river life, such as the spawning of salmon. The removal has boosted wildlife habitats and promoted biodiversity in the river, helping return this historic stretch of waterway to its pre-Industrial Revolution glory.

Relighting the Fire at Ellesmere Forge (Category: Restoration & Historic Environment)

Ellesmere Forge has seen its fires lit and local smithies wield their hammer once more thanks to major restoration works by the Canal & River Trust, funded by Shropshire's Market Town Revitalisation Project. This Grade II listed site was once the workplace of Thomas Telford and after decades of falling into disrepair, the forge was brought back to working order in 2013. It has even been leased to a working blacksmith, giving visitors a genuine glimpse of what the forge must have been like 200 years ago.

To find out about the other winners of the Living Waterway Awards 2014, click here

To nominate a person or a project for this year's awards, click here

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