Living Waterways Awards 2018

Our flagship awards programme, Living Waterways Awards are now open for entries. 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.

Richard Parry, chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, explains: "We are delighted to open the 2018 awards for entries and we look forward to finding out about and recognising the most inspiring and exciting waterway-based projects across the UK. 

"We are searching for those people and projects that have done the most to make a difference to the nation’s canals and rivers."

"We are searching for those people and projects that have done the most to make a difference to the nation’s canals and rivers." Richard Parry

Award categories

How we use and enjoy our inland waterways continues to evolve and change and so do the Award categories. For 2018, the categories have been refreshed, ensuring they remain relevant and celebrate the very best projects and activities taking place on our canals and rivers.

From inspirational story-telling to thriving community-led schemes; innovative design and construction projects to pioneering environmental initiatives, there are six award categories up for grabs:

1. Art, Culture & Events

2. Built Environment

3. Engaging Communities

4. Heritage & Conservation

5. Learning & Skills

6. Natural Environment

Read our guidance notes around entering the awards

Awards timeline

Tuesday 12 February: Living Waterways Awards open for entries

Tuesday 10 April: Awards close and assessment process gets underway

Thursday 5 July: Finalists announced

Wednesday 19 September: Winners announced a gala ceremony in Birmingham

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Last date edited: 14 February 2018