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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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With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about 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.
A sun-powered sonic algal buster is being installed this week to help rid the Kennet & Avon Canal of troublesome algae.
We're installing the new contraption into Wilton Water near Crofton. The solar powered device works by sending out sonic sound waves into the water to burst algal cells. This prevents a green carpet from taking over the reservoir, stopping sunlight from getting to the animals and plants that rely on it below the waterline.
Our team of environmental specialists and volunteers will be carrying out the work, which should support local wildlife such as dragonflies, water boatmen and backswimmers, water birds such as kingfishers and swans and fish like pike, roach and perch.
Wilton Water lies just off the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal, below the historic Crofton Steam Pumps, and provides a crucial supply of water to the canal, so that boats can continue to navigate eastwards, all the way to Reading.
Oda Dijksterhuis, environment manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Wilton Water is a vital reservoir, both because of the water it provides to keep the Kennet & Avon Canal working and the wildlife it supports. The solar-powered sonic algal buster is going to be vital in getting rid of some of the algae on the reservoir.
"These algae are a natural occurrence, but the nutrients in the water and warmer weather during the summer caused a real growth spurt. This work is important because it creates better light and air conditions for under water wildlife by preventing the build-up of a thick carpet of algae on the water.”
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Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
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Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
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Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018