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Planning & design
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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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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.
Here at the Trust we love to see communities taking ownership of their local waterways and looking at ways in which they can help more people to really make the most of them.
That’s exactly what the people of Mirfield on the Calder & Hebble Navigation have done. Members of the Mirfield Community Partnership have taken it upon themselves to develop a five year plan for their local waterways.
At the heart of the plan is the idea of Mirfield Promenade, a four mile walking route encouraging people to discover the wildlife and heritage on their doorstep. The Promenade will be a focal point for local people, giving them an opportunity to keep fit, get involved in a range of arts projects and explore the history and ecology of their local area.
Hilary Brooke of the Mirfield Community Partnership explains: “This project is all about people, it’s all about the local community working together to change their waterways for the better so they can play a more prominent role in daily life.
“We love our waterways here in Mirfield but we recognise that they could be made even better and we understand that we have an active part to play in making that happen. It’s amazing how much you can achieve if everyone works together and we can’t wait to see the difference on our waterways.”
The group has a whole host of ideas and is currently looking into sources of funding to put their plans into action :
The canal in Mirfield is full of interesting features including grade II listed locks and a former lock keepers cottage. It’s also rich in wildlife with kingfishers, herons and oyster catchers often spotted nearby.
The Mirfield Community Partnership is made up of a number of groups including Mirfield Town Council, West Yorkshire Print Workshop and Saint Paul's Church and working alongside organisations like the Trust and Groundwork Leeds. The aim of the partnership is to improve the local environment and offer a variety of cultural and social activities both in the town centre and other areas of Mirfield.
Read the full plan for Mirfield
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23 March 2018
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018