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The charity making life better by water

Who we are and what we do

The Canal & River Trust is a charity set up in 2012 to care for England and Wales’ 200-year-old waterways, holding them in trust for the nation forever. It has responsibility for 2,000 miles of navigable canals and rivers, together with bridges, tunnels, aqueducts, docks and reservoirs, along with museums and archive collections.

At the core of our charity are our charitable objects or purposes. The Trust's objects are set out in the Articles of Association. Our registration with the Charities Commission is No. 1146792.

About us

Here, you'll have access to all our campaigns, regions, stories, how we make a difference, document library and more. Check out About us for more details.

Our history

The charitable activities of the Trust were launched in July 2012 when it took over the activities in England and Wales from British Waterways and The Waterways Trust. Documents relating to British Waterways can be located here.

Our Relationship with Defra

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website has a page dedicated to Inland Waterways – include link - where information about the process of setting up the Canal & River Trust, including documents such as the Grant Agreement can be found.


Find out more about Wales/Glandŵr Cymru

Contact us

To stay in touch with us, or if you have any burning questions visit out Contact us page, where we host lots of information about emergencies, local offices, FAQs and more.

Last Edited: 17 December 2019

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