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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
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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.
Around 10,000 tonnes of silt is set to be removed from the tidal basin at Sharpness Dock in Gloucestershire during a major dredging project this week.
We are carrying out the work to ensure that the gateway from the River Severn into the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal is fit for the hundreds of boats that that use it each year.
The dredging is carried out by a specialised boat that uses a pump to hoover up the silt from the bed of the dock. The underwater debris is then sucked through a pipe, before being returned to the estuary from where it came.
We are aiming to increase the depth of the dock’s bed by up to 1.2 metres.
Built in 1874, the dock enables a huge variety of vessels from all over the world to access the canal. Recent visitors passing through have included historic vessel MV Balmoral and ships featuring in the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival.
Work is expected to last until 28 August.
Lewis Kneale, our customer operations supervisor, said: "Sharpness is such an important site for ships from all over the country, and the world, so to dredge like we’re doing is absolutely vital. It’s probably the largest dredging operation at the dock in twenty years.
"The project is a good example of the variety of work we do as a charity. Although most of the canal is tranquil and used by thousands of people for a bit of peace and quiet, here at Sharpness we have an amazing dock which continues to play such an important role for the local area and industry throughout Britain."
What's happening near you?
Look at our Local to You pages to find all the latest in your local area, including news, events, stories and details of how you can get involved with our work
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends