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Living Waterways Awards 2017

Our Living Waterways Awards 2017 are now open for entries. We are calling for a wide range of waterway organisations and groups from across the UK to enter our inspiring waterway-based projects for recognition.

Macclesfield Canal green flag award winners One of our Living waterways awards winners 2016

Led by an independent panel of experts drawn from the voluntary, environmental, arts, heritage, engineering and architecture sectors, the Living Waterways Awards celebrate the passion and energy that is improving canals, rivers, lochs, lakes and reservoirs the length and breadth of the nation, making them exciting places to live, learn and spend time.

Richard Parry, chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, explains: "We are delighted to open the 2017 awards for entries, and we look forward to shining a light on the most inspiring and engaging projects that are helping ensure their waterways matter.

We are searching for those people and projects that have done the 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."

Sue Wilkinson, Board director of ALVA and chair of the awards’ independent panel of experts, adds: "These awards celebrate the amazing improvements to our waterways across the country which help to make them the wonderful destinations that they are today, and importantly they shine a spotlight on the hard work and dedication of the people involved."

Awards categories

From dedicated volunteer-led schemes to exciting construction projects, and from innovative designs to pioneering environmental initiatives, there are seven award categories up for grabs:

  • art and interpretation
  • community and volunteering
  • contribution to the built environment
  • education and learning
  • natural environment
  • recreation and tourism
  • restoration and historic environment

How to enter

You can download our entry form now, along with the guidance notes, and return it by email to Debbie.Walker@canalrivertrust.org.uk

The closing date for entries is Friday 17 March 2017

We are absolutely delighted to have received this prestigious award, which recognises the tremendous amount of hard work by Dudley Canal Trust staff and volunteers to provide access to this remarkable historic site. Jeff Luesley, Chairman of Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust
Living Waterways Awards sponsors 2017 Living Waterways Awards sponsors 2017

Last date edited: 6 February 2017