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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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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
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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.
Eight volunteering experts have been appointed to the Canal & River Trust’s new advisory committee. The committee, chaired by Dr Justin Davis Smith CBE, will provide the Trust’s management with strategic advice regarding volunteering.
Volunteering is a cornerstone of the Trust and we want to encourage many more people to get involved with their local canal or river.
Volunteering has long played a vital role on the nation’s historic waterways and the Canal & River Trust is committed to building on this tradition and creating new opportunities for volunteers. It is the Trust’s aim to have 10,000 regular volunteers contributing over 120,000 days to waterway management, conservation, promotion and restoration by 2022.
Head of community engagement, Caroline Killeavy, said: “Volunteering is a cornerstone of the Trust and we want to encourage many more people to get involved with their local canal or river. This new Advisory Committee brings together nine outstanding representatives from the volunteering and waterways sector.
"I am delighted that we will be able to benefit from the experience and skills of these exceptional people and I am looking forward to working closely with the group to develop and grow our volunteering offer.”
The members are: Dr Helen Timbrell – Volunteering and Community Involvement Director with the National Trust, Georgia Boon – Head of Volunteering with Oxfam, Chris Kay – Chairman and Director of the Boat Museum Society at the National Waterways Museum, Mike Palmer – Inland Waterway Association Trustee and Waterway Recovery Group Chairman, John Stopp – Waterway Volunteer and Member of Manchester & Pennine Waterways Partnership, Gennie Franklin – Director of Programmes and Employee Volunteering at Business in the Community, Rosie Cotgreave – v inspired and Tracey O’Brien – Director of Policy and Programmes with Birmingham Voluntary Service Council.
To find out more about waterways volunteering, please visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteering
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New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
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Newbury school helps us tackle litter on the waterways
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