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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.
We are calling on people to vote for their favourite flower-filled boats as part of our first ever Boats in Bloom’ awards which celebrate green-fingered boaters and waterside gardeners.
Over the summer waterway lovers across the nation have been nominating blooming boats and glorious gardens for special prizes. The top three in each category are now being put up for public vote.
The categories include: most edible boat; most flower-filled boat; most inventive use of space; best towpath garden or open space; best towpath business in bloom; and best wildlife friendly boat or towpath garden.
People can cast their vote online at Boats in Bloom or on our Facebook page.
Matthew Symonds, our boating manager, said: "Our Boats in Bloom awards are a way of saying thank you to all our boaters and towpath gardeners who are putting a smile on people’s faces with their green fingers.
"The Canal & River Trust works hard to keep the canals open for people to enjoy and it’s fantastic to see how boaters have been turning their vessels into mini oases, while many waterside businesses are festooned in flowers. We’ve had entries from London to Yorkshire and it’s clear that the gardening bug is alive and well on our waterways. Please take a look and vote for your favourite from our shortlist!
"Every blooming boat – from those that keep a pot of herbs or daffodils on deck to those that are covered in plants – brings a little bit of joy to the towpath. Well done and thank you to every boater and waterside gardener – you really make a difference."
Our lock keepers and other staff and volunteers, who look after 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, have also been presenting colourful certificates to anyone whose boat or waterside planting is putting a smile on the faces of passers-by.
Boats in Bloom
Come and find our more about our Boats in Bloom awards here.
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