The charity making life better by water

Our achievements

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2022 marks our 10th anniversary as a charity. As the year draws to a close, find out what we've achieved and watch our anniversary film.

Over the last decade, we've been protecting, preserving and promoting 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales.

Some of our achievements

10 years of happier and healthier people

  • 5 million hours given by our wonderful volunteers
  • Over 800,000 children taught about our heritage, environment and water safety
  • More than 10% increase in boaters on our waterways

10 years of fighting climate change

We operate the original and longest heat network in the country which can be used for heating and cooling.

  • 650 megatwatts of latent thermal energy supplied by our canals and rivers
  • To support heating and cooling 350,000 homes
  • Saving 1+million tonnes of CO2 per year
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10 years of helping nature recover

  • UK's longest linear blue and green space
  • 440 miles of waterways have been awarded Green Flag status
  • 8.8 million people have access to outdoor space and nature on their doorstep

10 years of keeping history alive

  • 2,707 listed buildings
  • 304 conservation areas
  • 46 Scheduled Ancient Monuments
  • 6 historic battlefields
  • 4 World Heritage Sites

No other charity brings so much free, open and accessible blue and green space to the doorstep of so many. With your support we can continue our work.

Last Edited: 28 November 2022

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