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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
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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
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Join our team
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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.
Our new chief executive, Richard Parry, has spent his first few months in the job getting first-hand experience of the things that are central to the charity’s purpose.
"All our many users, especially boaters, are vital to the Trust,” Richard says. “I want to make sure we listen carefully to views from the cut and openly share our ideas and plans for the future so that we get input from those whose commitment to our waterways is greatest.”
After his introduction to the Trust and its many diverse activities, Richard is today announcing his plans for the year ahead to improve engagement and communication with boaters. “We have a lot to talk about as we shape our planning for the years ahead,” he adds. “I want to make sure our plans align with what our customers want. There are also things we can do in the short term that will make a difference in the next year. So today I’m announcing a range of initiatives to engage with and benefit boaters and waterway users in general. Our governance arrangements already provide us with considerable input from waterway users through our Council, local Waterway Partnerships, and Advisory Groups – especially the Navigation Advisory Groups. Whilst we value these relationships I am determined to do more to open up the Trust’s thinking to as wide a range of views as possible.”
Richard is also announcing today that – in line with the commitment given by the Trust in 2012 – private boat licences will rise in April 2014 by 2.8% in line with inflation, and will be increased by no more than inflation for the following two years.
To maintain the Trust’s commitment to transparency, every two months, Richard will hold a press briefing with the waterway press to set out current performance and take questions about any Trust activities or future plans.
Read our first report on the project to support better and fairer use of towpath moorings
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