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News article created on 19 August 2016

Can you describe the Kennet & Avon Canal in one word?

People who live and work around the Kennet & Avon Canal are being asked to describe how they feel about the waterway in one word, ahead of an event next month aimed at getting more people involved in caring for it.

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The appeal comes from the Canal & River Trust’s Kennet & Avon Waterway Partnership – the group of volunteers who advise the charity on how the waterway’s run – who will be holding a celebration event alongside their Annual Public Meeting next month.

People are asked to submit their word by visiting the Trust’s website, tweeting @CanalRiverTrust or posting on the charity’s Facebook page.  The words will then be made into a ‘word cloud’, which will be on display at the event.

Tamsin Phipps, chair of the Canal & River Trust’s Kennet & Avon Waterway Partnership, said: “The Kennet & Avon Canal means so much to so many people, and by asking people to sum it up in just one word, we’re hoping to see what people really value about having it on their doorstep.  Whether you’re fascinated by the history, enchanted by the wildlife or just use it as a place to relax and walk the dog, we’d love to hear from you.

“At the event in September we’ll be putting everyone’s canal words on display, as well as celebrating the many different ways people get involved in caring for the waterway.  If you’re interested in the canal, we’d really encourage you to come along, have a chat and a free boat trip, and find out more about what we do.”

To enter a word, visit: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/oneword.

The Kennet & Avon Waterway Partnership’s Annual Public Meeting will take place on September 15 at The Wharf, Devizes between 4 and 8pm, and will include the launch of the Trust’s new welcome boat ‘The Admiral’ as well as a light buffet, family activities and the opportunity to speak to people from around the Trust.

The boat is being named ‘The Admiral’ after Sir William O’Brien, who after a very distinguished career in the Royal Navy served as Chairman of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust and was a key figure in the restoration and promotion of the waterway.