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.

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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.  

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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.

Our three adoption types means there is something for everyone.

Community adoption

Groups are asked to adopt one mile or more for a year and to volunteer at least once a month. This type of adoption best suits groups with more experience that are able to lead and manage their own activities.

Helping hands adoption

Great for groups that fancy adopting a smaller area and might need a bit for help getting going. We ask these groups to volunteer about once a month for a year.

Pocket adoption

This is the mini adoption option, volunteering in the same area for five days in one go or over a few months. This adoption can be in a much smaller area and really suits people keen to sort out an area close to home. 

Get involved

Simply fill in our expression of interest form and we'll put you in contact with a local Trust representative.

Want to know more?

No problem. Our handbook for volunteering in partnership 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.

If you are interested in talking about adopting a stretch of canal or river on behalf of your company please email volunteer@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Last date edited: 30 August 2018