We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Adopt a canal

By working together with local groups we’re bringing our nation’s canals and rivers to life in more ways than ever before. We’re helping them to adopt a stretch of waterway – and it’s making positive changes in communities right across the country.

Adopting a stretch of canal or river is all about making a real difference, changing lives and having fun too. We’ve got over 100 groups already, which you can see on the map below. Could you adopt a canal near you?

A-I

  • Ackers Adventure
  • Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum
  • Adsetts Canal Project
  • Ancoats Adoption Group
  • Arnold Lodge Hospital
  • Ascot Road Adoption Group
  • Audlem Lock 15 Gardeners Group (ADAPT)
  • Autism East Midlands – Tall Trees
  • Baltic Place & Canal Wharf Wildlife Gardening Group
  • Banbury Canal Partnership
  • Barlaston Parish Council
  • Barnoldswick in Bloom
  • Baswich Canal Group
  • Berkhamsted 53 Canal Support Group
  • Birmingham Black Country Wildlife Trust
  • Birmingham Good Gym
  • Bishop's Stortford Baptist Church
  • Bishops Stortford Canoe Club
  • Blisworth Canal Partnership
  • Bloomberg
  • Braunston Canal Society
  • Bridgwater and Taunton Canal Association
  • British Land
  • Broadcut Moorers
  • Broken Cross Boat Club
  • Buckingham Canal Society
  • Building Communities
  • Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire
  • Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire
  • Canal Connections
  • Chard Junction, White Lion Adoption Group
  • Chestnut Walk Residents Group
  • City of Bath College
  • Claverton Pumping Station
  • Clear Cut Conservation
  • Community Foundation
  • Community Links
  • Cookson's Canal Action Group
  • Coombeswood Canal Trust
  • Crosshill School & Sporting NRG
  • DAPA
  • Disley Towpath Action Group
  • Douglas Valley Lion’s Club
  • Droitwich Waterway (Pamela May) Trust
  • East K & A Volunteer Group
  • Eppel
  • Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association
  • Failsworth clean up team
  • Findern Footpath Group
  • Foundation Studies: Gloucestershire College
  • Freda’s Garden lives on
  • Friends of Bollington Towpath
  • Friends of Carnforth Coke Ovens
  • Friends of Cromford Canal
  • Friends of Cromford Canal
  • Friends of Dudswell Locks
  • Friends of Slough Canal
  • Friends of Tipton Cut
  • Gailey Canoe Club
  • Girlguiding Leeds
  • Gloucester United Angling Association
  • Gnosall Parish Council
  • Groundwork Leeds (NEWY)
  • Hanover Primary School
  • Hillingdon Narrowboats Association
  • Hirst Wood Regeneration Group
  • Hollybush Garden Group TCV
  • Holts Crest Way Residents
  • Ingestre with Tixall PC
  • IWA Lichfield
  • IWA Milton Keynes
  • IWA Northampton
  • IWA West Country
  • IWA West Country
  • IWA West Country

J-R

  • JAMES
  • Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre
  • Liberty Staffordshire
  • Lincoln Sea Cadets
  • Lincoln Sea Cadets
  • Little Britain Anglers
  • Llangattock Community Woodland Group
  • Llangynidr Environment Action Project
  • Long Eaton Natural History Society
  • Lower Regent's Coalition
  • Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal Society
  • Maritime Youth Group
  • Marple Locks Heritage Society
  • Mountsorrel Lock Group
  • Myerscough College
  • Nature Pirates
  • Newark Emmaus Trust
  • Nottingham Probation Fit4Work (voluntary group)
  • Nottingham Probation Fit4Work (voluntary group)
  • Nottingham Probation Fit4Work (voluntary group)
  • Nottingham Yacht Club
  • Oswestry School
  • Oulton Brownies
  • Parkside Fishing Club
  • Pendle Borough Council
  • PLAN Brecon
  • Poplar HARCA
  • Priory Group
  • Reclaimed London
  • Red Rose Recovery
  • Retford and Worksop Boat Club
  • Richmond Court (Chester Aid To The Homeless)
  • Rickmansworth Waterway Trust
  • Rishton Prospects
  • Riverside House
  • Rockmount Northwest
  • Rotary Club of Northwich
  • Royal Sutton Coldfield Canoe Club

S-Z

  • Safe Anchor Trust
  • Salendine School
  • Sankey Valley Canal Restoration Society (SCARS)
  • Scott Mortimer Littlebeck Trust
  • Scouts - 325th Birmingham, 1st Billesley Scout Group
  • Scouts - 7th Newark Scouts
  • Shropshire Paddlesport
  • SLYNCS
  • Solihull Canoe Club
  • St Matthews Bath
  • Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership
  • Stoke on Trent Angling Society
  • Stourbridge Arm Canoe Club Ltd
  • Stourport Army Cadets
  • Street Scene Greenfield
  • SUMBA
  • Sunnyside Rural Trust
  • SWAG Stoke Woods Action Group
  • Swansea Canal Society
  • Swinton Lock Activity Centre
  • Talybont-on-Usk Community Council
  • Tesco Welshpool
  • The Red Lion Taskforce
  • The Rising Sun PH
  • Thwaites PLC
  • Upper Lode Angling Club
  • Uppermil Canal Adoption Network (UCAN)
  • Victoria Anglers
  • Wargrave Guides
  • Warwick District Green Party
  • Wassifa Inspire
  • Watermint Quay Residents Association
  • WAVE (Wern Adoption Volunteer Effort)
  • We can dig it
  • Welshpool Adoption Group
  • West Berkshire Mencap
  • Westminster Academy
  • Whilton & Buckby Locks Association
  • Wigan Green Crew
  • Wigan Pier Boats Ltd (t/a Kittywake Canal Cruises)
  • Wilts & Berks Canal Trust
  • Wirral Autistic Society
  • Witham Waste Warriors
  • Woodley & Romiley Towpath Team
  • Worcester Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society
  • Worcester Canal Group
  • Woughton Parish Council
  • YMCA Bridgwater
  • Yorkshire Water

We need groups to look after stretches of waterway across England and Wales. We’d love to hear from you if you belong to a recognised group or club and can commit to adopting your local canal for at least 12 months.

Interested?

Download our form via the link below and email it to volunteer@canalrivertrust.org.uk. We'll be in touch soon.

Hear from our adoption groups

When people get together to do something for their community, amazing things can happen. You can find out more about our existing adoption groups by clicking on the links below and on the top right.

More questions?

Take a look at our page of further information about adoptions or read our adoptions FAQs

If you're unable to adopt a canal or river in your area, there are still lots of ways to get involved. We have volunteer roles of all shapes and sizes.

What could you do with your adopted stretch of canal?