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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
A project to transform a forgotten area of wasteland near the Tees Barrage into a thriving community garden, packed with wildlife has begun.
Volunteers have been working to clear the land off Navigation Way ahead of works to bring the whole area to life.
The project is funded through the ‘Awards for All’ Big Lottery programme and will create an important place for local people to escape to. The new wild garden will boast a wildlife pond, newly planted trees, a wildflower meadow and a brand new seating area.
Most of the work will be done by local volunteers and, once finished, will provide a place for people to escape the hustle and bustle and get closer to nature. The wildflower meadow and native tree species will help to attract insects and birds and local schoolchildren will be able to try pond dipping and come face-to-face with a variety of underwater creatures.
The project will completely transform a section of land that has stood undeveloped since the Barrage was constructed in 1995. It is hoped that once finished the garden may be adopted by a local school or community group who will help to care for it.
Tom Wright, development & engagement manager for the Canal & River Trust said: “The Tees Barrage is a really popular place for local people but we wanted to give them somewhere peaceful to stop and unwind.
“This will be a fantastic place for people to pause, enjoy the scenery and look out for some of the different species of birds and insects that are drawn to the garden and it’s pond. Hopefully it will give people a much better appreciation of the wildlife that’s all around them.
“We’re really looking forward to working with local volunteers and schoolchildren to tranform what’s currently a pretty shabby area of land into a place that everyone can enjoy.”
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Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
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