News article created on 16 December 2020

We've received funding to help address climate challenges

We will benefit from £2 million funding towards the many climate action and sustainability challenges our historic waterways face across England & Wales, and to support us in our contribution to mitigating the impacts of climate change.

stretch of Shropshire Union Canal showing recent restoration works Restored by Shropshire Union Canal Society volunteers

The funding comes as part of People’s Postcode Lottery’s recently announced Postcode Climate Challenge initiative, through which its players have raised over £20 million for climate action.

A changing climate

We are facing many challenges from the changing climate. The funding will go towards projects aimed at helping build our waterways’ resistance to climate change, support biodiversity, manage water stewardship, reduce our carbon footprint, and improve our use of materials and waste management.

Couldn’t have come at a better time

Jodie Rees, our corporate engagement partner, said: “We are delighted to receive this additional funding thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. There is wide acceptance of the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis we are facing.

“Canals and rivers are uniquely placed to make a significant contribution to improving the wellbeing of millions of people. Climate action is an essential part of our ability to protect these precious resources now and for the future, for boaters, walkers, paddlers, anglers, cyclists and all those who value them.”

People’s Postcode Lottery

This funding brings the support we have received thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery over 12 months to £4.6 million. The first £2.6 million tranche of funding, which started in May, supports the Trust’s programme to enhance the nation’s wellbeing through caring for the waterways and their future, including priority infrastructure works at Castleford Weir and the Tees Barrage.

We have been supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery since the charity was formed in 2012 and, thanks to this fantastic help, we have received funding totalling over £13 million to support priority projects such as works at the Grade I Listed Marple Aqueduct, the Montgomery Canal restoration, and emergency repairs to the breach on the Shropshire Union Canal at Middlewich.

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