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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
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
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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.
Last weekend the Birmingham's canals came to life with exciting colours, smells and tastes as Britain’s largest floating market took place in the heart of the city centre.
This weekend was a huge success and I would like to thank all the boaters who came along and showed the local people of Birmingham just how diverse the canals can be and how much they have to offer.
Over 2,000 people visited the three-day event and had the opportunity to indulge trying and buying a whole host of canal-related arts, crafts and jewellery, as well as the more unusual art of palmistry and poetry.
Tony Hales, chairman of the Canal & River Trust, said: “This weekend was a huge success and I would like to thank all the boaters who came along and showed the local people of Birmingham just how diverse the canals can be and how much they have to offer.”
John Sloan, who came up with the idea of the floating market, said: “We had a fantastic turnout and great support from both the boating and local community. I hope we can continue the success of the market around the country and encourage more people to visit their local waterway.”
During the event the Roving Canal Traders Association, the organisation that represents boaters who work and live on the waterways and who organised the event, presented a cheque for £200 towards our work.
Tony said: “I would like to thank the Roving Canal Traders Association for their wonderful donation to the Trust. Boats have been trading along the nation’s canal since the waterways were first built over 200 years ago. What they sell nowadays may have changed but there still is something really special about being able to pop out and see something a little different along your local canal.”
Michael Wooding, from the Roving Canal Traders Association, adds: “The Canal & River Trust has been brilliant in supporting this wonderful event and the donation is just our way of recognising the work it does to look after the canals in Birmingham and beyond.”
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Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
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Canal & River Trust brand
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Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
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