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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
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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Marks & Spencer (M&S), the Marine Conservation (MCS) and the Canal & River Trust are calling on all volunteers to help clear litter from Britain's beaches and canals.
The Big Beach Clean-up 2015 has a mission to clear litter from 135 beaches and canals up and down the country, with over 8000 people expected to take part. This event is in its fourth year and to beat last years 250km of coastline and canal cleared - we need everyone who is available to help us.
Visit www.mcsuk.org/foreverfish to find your nearest beach and canal.
The majority of the litter will be common waste such as bottles and wrappers, last year there were some rather unusual items cleared; false teeth, a plastic leg and two motorbikes.
Richard Parry, Chief Executive at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Canals are havens in our towns and cities. They are home to many endangered and much loved wildlife as well as places for people to get away from it all. Local communities already do so much to help us look after the waterways, and it’s particularly good to have the support of M&S to keep them special places.”
Samantha Fanshawe, MCS Chief Executive, said: “The Big Beach Clean-up has grown year on year, involving thousands of amazing volunteers ready to don gloves and bags and pick up the rubbish left behind by others, washed down from rivers or discarded from fishing boats and ships.
"This fantastic partnership between M&S, charities and communities raises awareness of the issue and the need for nation-wide action across government, industry and voluntary sectors to stop litter at source.”
Since the Big Beach Clean-up started in 2012, 62.5 tonnes of litter has been cleared and more than 20,000 people have volunteered their time to help.
The M&S Big Beach Clean-up is part of M&S' Forever Fish campaign. By charging 5p for their carrier bags M&S not only reduced carrier bags by 75% but raised over £8 million for good causes.
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
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
Paddleboarding yoga group helps tackle litter on Nottingham's waterways
See the Nottingham Beeston Canal in a new light this February
12 February 2018
Newbury school helps us tackle litter on the waterways
9 February 2018