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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
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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Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
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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?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Thanks to donations from members of the public, three of Birmingham’s well recognised cast iron canal bridges are to receive a face lift as part of a £130,000 eight week repair and maintenance project.
We are planning to restore Icknield Square Junction Bridge, Rotton Park Junction Bridge, and Lea Bridge, all of which are located on the canal in Smethwick.
Over the years these characteristic black and white bridges, which were originally designed by Aaron Manby at Horseley Iron Works in Tipton and date back to the mid-19th Century, have suffered from wear and tear and now need some major repairs. These bridges with their ‘webs of iron’ and gothic style designs are among the most iconic symbols of the waterways and a key feature of the canals in the West Midlands.
Each of the bridges will have the old paintwork removed, areas of rust and damage carefully repaired and then several coats of specialist paint applied. The brick and sandstone walls supporting the bridges will also be repaired and graffiti, which has been sprayed along the bridge sides and on the walls, will also be removed.
Lawrence Tall, from Canal & River Trust, said: “These black and white bridges are iconic features of the waterways across Birmingham and the Black Country and, when you see one, you know you’re in the West Midlands.
“Some of the bridges are showing their age so we need to carry out some major repairs, replace some brickwork and generally give them some loving care and attention to ensure people will be able to enjoy them for many years to come.”
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends