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As Easter approaches, boaters will be able to see the benefits of our programme to tackle offside vegetation over the winter.
Over 70 miles of waterways were pruned back before the early start of the nesting season called a halt to the works. More than £1m has been spent on the programme to date and the remaining money – over £500,000 – has been ring fenced so the work can be completed in the autumn.
After listening to boaters at the autumn’s local user group meetings, we decided that this was work that could make a real difference to the boating community. The national boating organisations were also asked to help find the areas that most concerned their members. We were able to allocate the additional money because of careful management of costs and success in earning income over the year.
Local waterway teams, working closely with our contracting partner, Fountains, transformed stretches of canals and rivers across the country, including:
Vince Moran, operations director at Canal & River Trust, said: “Offside vegetation is one of the things we hear most about from boaters. It’s an activity that has to take a lower priority than core structural work, but when we have the opportunity to tackle it we will. We were hoping to do more but, despite all the rain, it was an unseasonably warm winter which saw birds nesting early, meaning we legally had to call an early halt to the works.
"However, we’ve been able to make some big improvements this winter and I hope that boaters will be able to experience the difference themselves while they’re cruising. We’ve also ring fenced the additional money we had planned to spend and will finish off the programme in the autumn.”
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
Elland Bridge re-build shortlisted for engineering award
7 February 2018