Adoptions: more information

Adopting your own stretch of waterway can mean signing up for simple tasks like regular litter picks, or creating a new green space for your whole community to enjoy.

Good Gym adoption group Good Gym adoption group

Here are a few ways our groups are making their own stretch better for everyone:

  • Keeping towpaths clean and clear
  • Creating adventure trails for families to explore
  • Helping improve habitats for local wildlife
  • Planting trees and building community gardens
  • Organizing events to bring local people together

So if you’re part of a community group looking to do get involved where you are, we’d love to talk to you. This is your chance to be a part of the exciting future of our canals and rivers.  

“We don't ask adoption groups to work alone, we're really keen on working in partnership together and we’re very much here to help. Above all we want people to have fun!" Edd Moss, national volunteering manager
Scout adoption group Scout adoption group

Everyone’s invited to join in

It doesn’t matter how big or small your group is, we’ll help you figure out the perfect way to adopt. And we’ll support you every step of the way. We want to give people new ways to get involved in their local community.

Get involved

All we ask is that your group can work with us for at least 12 months. And when you’ve decided what you’d like to do, we’ll help you get started. We can even work together on bids to apply for money through funds such as the plastic bag levy.

Want to know more?

No problem. Our adoption handbook is all about connecting communities. Download our handbook to find everything you need to know about how your group can get involved.

Share it with other members of your group and if it sparks some amazing ideas – we’d love to hear them!

Can our company join in too?

Absolutely! Improving a stretch of canal or river is a great way to improve team building. It’s a way to put something back and your local community and the wildlife that live there will love you for it.

So if you want to talk about your company adopting a stretch of canal or river, get in touch.

For more information on the adoption scheme as a whole please read the Waterway Adoption Handbook.

If you are interested in talking about adopting a stretch of canal or river on behalf of your company please email

Last date edited: 27 April 2017