Living Waterways Awards 2018

We’re delighted to announce the finalists for our 2018 Living Waterways Awards. These Awards shine a spotlight on the amazing work done by individuals, communities and organisations to create vibrant, thriving, living waterways that are transforming places and enriching lives.

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The Awards are led by an independent panel of judges under the guardianship of Sue Wilkinson, trustee of the Trust. Past winners have come from the voluntary, environmental, arts, heritage, engineering and architecture sectors, reflecting the diverse range of projects that are bringing life to canals, rivers, lochs, lakes and reservoirs around the nation.

Sue Wilkinson said: “This is the 15th anniversary of the awards and, as ever, selecting the finalists has been a tough job. From a pioneering scheme to improve the natural environment along the Mon & Brec Canal to engaging the Bangladeshi community with the waterspace in Birmingham, the Awards continue to recognise the immense diversity of activities that are drawing more people to these wonderful waterways and helping them to lead happier and healthier lives.”

The winners will be revealed at a celebratory dinner in Birmingham on 20 September 2018. Tickets are available via our on-line shop.

Don't worry if you can't make it to Birmingham as our social media team will be tweeting live from the event, so you can follow all the action on our twitter channel.

The finalists

1. Art, Culture & Events

  • Burnley Canal Festival, Lancashire
  • Idle Women: Recreating the Journey, national
  • Hereford River Carnival, Herefordshire

2. Built Environment

  • Knostrop Weir foot & cycle bridge, Yorkshire
  • Merchant Square Floating Pocket Garden, London
  • Somers Town Bridge, London

3. Engaging the Community - large scale

  • Waterspace Bath, Somerset
  • Woodside, Firhill & Hamilton Development Framework, Glasgow

4. Engaging the Community - small scale

  • Idle Women, Lancashire
  • Nowka Bais, Birmingham
  • The Wanderer Community Workboat, Worcestershire

5. Heritage & Conservation

  • Hetty’s Café, Stoke on Trent
  • New Mills Marina, Derbyshire
  • Restoration of Church Bridge & Pocklington Canal Bicentenary, Yorkshire

6. Learning & Skills

  • Leicester Young Ecology Adventurers, Leicestershire
  • Rivertime Boat Trust, Berkshire

7. Natural Environment

  • Bringing Back the Bulbourne, Hertfordshire
  • Lower Misbourne Enhancements, Buckinghamshire
  • Mon & Brec Green Infrastructure Improvement Programme, Monmouthshire

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Last date edited: 1 August 2018