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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
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10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
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Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Our annual report & accounts for 2015/16 has been published today (25 July 2016), and highlights an increase in expenditure on the waterways and a growth in the number of people donating to the Trust and visiting, volunteering, and adopting stretches of its waterways.
The report indicates:
Chair, Allan Leighton, comments: "It has been a good year for the Trust as we continue to work to secure a wonderful future for the waterways.
"The growth in volunteering and partnerships with organisations as diverse as the Arts Councils in England and Wales, the Scout Association, Help for Heroes and Rolls Royce, plus numerous local authorities, charitable trusts and local canal societies, illustrates the considerable progress being made.
"Of course, it is the people who live on, use or visit the waterways that continue to make them the special places that they are. We want to continue to harness this passion and whilst reaching out to a greater diversity of communities, so that our canals and rivers can be inclusive of the millions of people living and working around them."
Chief executive, Richard Parry, adds: "This year we have increased expenditure on the waterways and improved the overall average condition of our locks, bridges and other historic infrastructure, leading to less disruption for our boating customers. Our extensive and rich local engagement speaks clearly of the progress we are making in growing support for our work among communities and the public at large. As the Trust passes its fourth anniversary we have good reason to be optimistic that we have put in place strong foundations to rise to the challenges ahead."
The report praises the response from staff and volunteers to the Boxing Day Floods in which communities have rallied to clean up and repair their local canals and towpaths. By the end of March volunteers had spent over 3,500 hours helping with the clean-up.
Also in the year, the Trust formed Bwrdd Glandŵr Cymru to recognise and embrace the devolution of power in Wales and a joint project team formed with the Environment Agency has been looking into the potential transfer of the Environment Agency’s 640 miles of river navigations to the Trust.
The Trust’s Annual Public Meeting will be taking place on 22 September. For more information about attending visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-public-meeting-tickets-26563897332
Highlights and full report
We'd like to show you the ways we have created living waterways, enriched lives and transformed places during 2015 and 2016
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018