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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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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
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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.
We're calling for volunteers to help plant a variety of shrubs and trees along the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal in an effort to provide shelter for small animals and insects living by the waterways.
Volunteers are needed on Sunday 3 and Monday 4 February from 10am – 3pm to help plant new wildlife corridors along the canal near the village of Greensforge, Kingswinford.
Once established these lush green corridors should be fit for dormice, and will provide safe passage for other small animals such as yellow necked mice and birds as well as declining insect species such as bees, butterflies and moths. Volunteers will be helping to plant a variety of native shrubs loved by dormice such as honeysuckle, Buckthorn, Wayfaring tree and Guelder Rose alongside the canal.
Paul Wilkinson, ecologist from the Canal & River Trust, said: “The waterways are an important habitat as they help provide a safe passage from fields to forests for many small animals and insects. Along the canals there is a rich variety of animal life and by planting these shrubs they will, once established, help provide vital shelters and become a reliable food source which will hopefully encourage breeding.”
For more information on how you can get involved please contact the Trust’s ecologist, Paul Wilkinson, on 0303 040 4040 or email at email@example.com. Volunteers need to ensure they wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear.
There are many ways for people to get involved and support our work, whether this is by donating some time to help support a local project or by making a donation towards to the cost of materials.
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
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal