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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.
Time travel along the towpath - discover the awesome Georgian engineering that is the Caen Hill Lock Flight. Then leave history behind and step off the grassy path into the future - our new wood that will grow and mature over the coming years.
Caen Hill Diamond Jubilee Wood is one of 60 new woods planted in 2012 around the country to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and her 60 years on the throne.
Over the years, this wonderful site will grow into a beautiful broadleaved woodland of native trees, giving food and shelter to an array of wildlife and providing people with a place to walk, picnic, run, pick fruit and enjoy the beauty of the natural world.
Combine your visit to Caen Hill with a leisurely stroll around the wood. Maybe eat at one of the picnic benches and take in the scenery from the viewpoint. Look westwards over the Wiltshire landscape, reflect on the beauty of the countryside and enjoy the sunset if you visit in the evening. The viewpoint is next to the Caen Hill visitor’s carpark and is easily reached by people who find walking a challenge.
While we own the land, and manage the wood, the initial trees were funded by a grant from the Forestry Commission as part of its English Woodland Grant Scheme.
Many of trees have been planted, replaced and cared for by volunteers who are creating a legacy for future generations. One that we hope in 100 years will be just as inspiring as Caen Hill Flight.
At present the fields are full of young trees such as oak, hazel, sweet chestnut, cherry, crab apple, silver birch and hornbeam. As they grow and the leaf canopy closes overhead they will provide rich habitat for wildlife including badger, fox and deer, as well as small mammals like wood mice, vole, shrew and hedgehog. Harvest mice might live in the longer grass around the margins along with reptiles such as grass snake and slow-worm.
A new pond that is gradually filling up with rain water will attract aquatic wildlife such as dragonfly, frog, toad, smooth newt and possibly the endangered great crested newt. The rare scarce chaser dragonfly, currently found on the Caen Hill Locks, could even extend its territory to the pond.
So when you next visit, why not combine the heritage of the Caen Hill Flight and see the making of a site of interest and beauty.
Free nature spotters guide
Why not download our free nature spotters guide to take on your stroll around our Jubilee Wood Caen Hill.
Make a difference in your area
In our offices or on the towpath, volunteers help us with all aspects of our work to bring canals and rivers to life. Find a role that suits you today
Last date edited: 5 June 2017