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News article created on 19 May 2015

Your chance to steer the future of Wales' canals

Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales, is recruiting members for a new advisory board – Bwrdd Glandŵr Cymru.

In recognition of the unique opportunities for the Trust in Wales, the Board will be chaired by a trustee and have a direct role in providing strategic direction for Wales’ historic waterways, including the wildlife havens of the Montgomery and Swansea Canals, the picturesque Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal and the ever-popular Llangollen Canal, which includes the stunning World Heritage designated Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

The board will advise senior management on key issues and opportunities arising from the canals in Wales, and will look at all aspects of how the waterways can benefit the health, wealth and well-being of Wales and its people, and how they can make an ever greater contribution to Welsh life and culture.

The board has evolved from the Trust’s All Wales Partnership, which had previously represented Wales in the Trust’s structure.

Thriving local economies

Lynne Berry, Chair elect of Bwrdd Glandŵr Cymru and Deputy Chair of the Canal & River Trust, said: “Wales’ waterways have huge historical and environmental significance and can contribute to thriving local economies and communities. By establishing Bwrdd Glandŵr Cymru, we can make sure that Welsh issues are at the forefront of the way we look after and improve our waterways in the future.

“We’re looking for people to sit on the new board who have an interest in the country’s canals, and the wider benefits they deliver. Whether you’re a specialist in health, heritage, tourism, the arts or indeed anything with a connection to the waterways, help us build on our successes of the last three years. Do get in touch.”

A vital role

Dr Mark Lang, who steps down as Chair of Glandŵr Cymru after three years, said: “I am delighted that a new Board is being established to take forward the work of the All Wales Partnership over the last three years. Our ten year strategy Beyond The Towpath has laid the foundations for the Canal & River Trust in Wales, and the new Board will be able to take forward this work, and build on the links we have established across Wales."

Andrew Stumpf, head of Wales at Glandŵr Cymru, said: “Our waterways are already some of the most accessible and well-used facilities for recreation and tourism in the country, and are havens for wildlife and people alike, providing spaces for boating, walking, cycling and paddling.  However they have the potential to offer much more from regeneration to health and well-being and from the arts to education.

“Board member’s knowledge of these areas will help hone our strategic direction in Wales ensuring our canals continue to play a vital role in the communities around them.”