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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
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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.
18-year-old Amy Irwin has become the youngest person in the country to lead and inspire a canal adoption by seizing on our initiative to create greater community ownership of the nation’s waterways.
This support is invaluable to us as a new charity and we hope this will motivate others to get involved.
Almost 50 community adoptions have been set up, or are in the pipeline, since the project was launched in July to invite communities across England and Wales to support our work by adopting mile-long lengths of canal or river.
Amy’s ‘Ford Towpath Action Team’ is now helping care for a stretch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Netherton. Set up just two months ago, the group will begin by cutting back overgrown vegetation, painting locks, and clearing graffiti and litter.
Amy explains her motivations: “I recently spoke to local residents and I discovered that they thought the canal’s appearance needed improving. I realised there was an opportunity to join the Trust’s adoption scheme so I decided to set up my own group. I want to improve the area for local residents and visitors but not just as a quick fix. We’ll look after it throughout the year and really make a difference.”
Caroline Killeavy, head of community engagement for the Canal & River Trust, says: “What Amy has done here is inspirational. It’s fantastic that someone so young has taken action in their local community to help us protect the waterways. This support is invaluable to us as a new charity and we hope this will motivate others to get involved.”
Boost for rare aquatic plants on Montgomery Canal
21 February 2018
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
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