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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
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
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
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
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
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
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
A group of primary school children from Newbury have been working with us to encourage visitors to the Kennet & Avon Canal to stop dropping litter along the waterway.
Working with volunteers from our education team, Year 4 pupils from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School learned all about how the waterways work and how they are looked after, and took part in a competition to design a sign encouraging visitors to take their litter home.
We spend around £1million each year removing litter and fly-tipped rubbish from the nation’s waterways. This money could be better spent caring for the waterways and improving habitats for wildlife.
The two winning designs by Madison Slattery, aged nine, and Bethany Howell, aged ten, have now been made into permanent signs which have been put up at various places along the section of canal near London Road.
Caroline Robson, from the Canal & River Trust, said: "Our canals are not immune to the problem of litter and plastic pollution and it’s about time that, as a community, we started to tackle this problem. Our waterways are fantastic places to visit throughout the year but the sight of litter along the towpath and floating in the canal can really put visitors off, make the canals look unloved and harm local wildlife.
People living in Newbury are really lucky to have a wonderful canal right on their doorstep and it’s important we all work together to ensure our waterways are welcoming places to come and relax and escape the hustle and bustle. With these lovely new signs, I hope it makes people think twice about dropping their litter and instead take it home or pop it in the bin so it can be recycled or disposed of properly.”
Stephanie Kent, teacher at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, said: "All the school children had a lovely time learning all about our local canal and what we can do to help the Canal & River Trust look after it. The competition to design new signs really grabbed the imagination of the whole class and I’m delighted we were able to help in some way to help keep our waterways special places to visit."
Make a difference in your area
In our offices or on the towpath, volunteers help us with all aspects of our work to bring canals and rivers to life. Find a role that suits you today
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