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07 Oct 2017
New Sankey Canal restoration pledge signed

Restoration of the Sankey Canal, Britain’s first industrial canal, has been given a major boost thanks to a new Sankey Canal Partnership, formally launched at a conference at St Helens World of Glass, on Wednesday 27 September.

The Sankey Canal Restoration Society, the Canal & River Trust, plus St Helens, Warrington and Halton borough councils, all came together to pledge their support for the regeneration of the 14 mile Sankey Canal corridor. The man-made waterway begins in St...

04 Oct 2017
North Wales and Borders Waterway annual showcase

The Canal & River Trust’s North Wales & Borders Partnership will be hosting its annual public showcase in Northwich on Friday 13 October - and everyone’s invited.

The event spotlight falls on waterways in Cheshire, Shropshire, Powys, Denbighshire and Wrexham, and includes a chance to find out more about volunteering with the Trust or getting involved with other waterway groups and organisations.

More than 40 partners, stakeholders, boating groups, businesses and...

28 Sep 2017
More than 5,000 visitors to Sheffield Waterfront Festival

More than 5,000 visitors helped to celebrate the city’s waterways this weekend. Sheffield Waterfront Festival, the city’s biggest festival of its kind, was organised by waterway charity, the Canal & River Trust and Kelham Island Museum with support from the River Stewardship Company and coincided with this year’s global celebrations for World Rivers Day.

The city’s waterfront - from Victoria Quays along the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal and the River Don was transformed with a...

12 Sep 2017
Canal & River Trust publishes winter moorings information

The Canal & River Trust is today publishing the list of sites it will be offering for winter moorings in 2017-18.

The Trust is offering a range of winter mooring sites across the country so boaters can have as wide a choice as possible.  There is a selection of sites near facilities, as well as quieter spots for boaters who want a bit more peace and quiet.

Winter moorings will be available from 1 November 2017 to 16 March 2018, finishing ahead of the Easter holidays and...

22 May 2017
Staff from the Canal & River Trust and National Trust are joined by heritage working boat volunteers and canoeists from B-Row to celebrate the £2.5 National Lottery Grant

One of Birmingham’s most interesting historic buildings is set to be brought back to life after being awarded a £2.5m National Lottery grant. 

The funding will enable a partnership of the Canal & River Trust and National Trust to revitalise the Grade II* listed Roundhouse into a city base from which to explore Birmingham’s famous canals by foot, bike or boat.

Situated on Sheepcote Street, next door to the former Fiddle & Bone pub which recently relaunched as The...

11 Apr 2017
What's hiding at the bottom of the canals

A blow-up doll, golf buggies, pogo stick, flat screen TV and opened safes recovered from Britain’s canals and rivers as charity aims to highlight effect of dumped rubbish on nation’s waterways

At an annual cost of £1 million to clean up after litter-happy Britons – from blow up dolls to shopping trolleys - the Canal & River Trust is saying enough is enough.

This winter the Trust, which cares for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, has uncovered some very unusual...

01 Apr 2017
Drained canal in the Piccadilly Undercroft, revealing all the rubbish on the canal bed.

The Rochdale Canal in Manchester’s city centre has been improved for both pedestrians and boaters with the installation of new and refurbished lock gates, and a large scale waterway clean up.

Over the winter, the Canal & River Trust charity, which cares for 2,000 miles of the nation’s waterways, has been able to upgrade a key section of the city centre canal known as the Piccadilly Undercroft, which flows underneath the main A6 Piccadilly road, near the Malmaison Hotel and Ducie...

19 Feb 2017
Thérèse Coffey MP meets representatives of the Canal & River Trust and the Community Connect Foundation

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey visited Birmingham yesterday to find out more about the vital role that local people are playing in helping to care for and promote the city’s famous network of canals.

Dr Coffey met staff and volunteers from the Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of the nation’s waterways, during the visit to Birmingham’s canalside and historic Roundhouse.

The Minister heard about how the Trust is working increasingly closely...

29 Jan 2017
Lancaster Canal sea lock £33,000 winter makeover

A historic sea lock on the Lancaster Canal at Glasson Dock is undergoing a five week refurbishment, thanks to a £33,000 winter works package by the Canal & River Trust. 

The charity, which cares for 2,000 miles of waterways, carries out an annual programme of restoration and repairs to the nation’s waterways during the winter to minimise the inconvenience of navigation closures to boaters during the busy summer season. 

The lock dates back to 1824 and is a scheduled...

12 Dec 2016

England’s first ever coast to coast canoe project, the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, hosted brave canoeists on a ‘Santa Splash’ festive paddle along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Liverpool (Saturday) and Blackburn (Sunday) this weekend. 

The event was organised by the Canal & River Trust, the charity which cares for 2,000 miles of the nation’s canals. The Liverpool Santa Splash started at the Eldonian Village, Vauxhall, and finished about two miles away at the SAFE...

07 Dec 2016
Engineers honour historic Leeds & Liverpool Canal

One of Britain’s leading professional institutions today honoured the historic Leeds and Liverpool Canal with the presentation of a Special Award for Civil Engineering Heritage. The award certificate was presented to representatives of the Canal & River Trust at Wigan Pier, which marks the start of the famous Wigan Flight of 21 locks, one of the canal’s most important features.

The Institution of Civil Engineers selected the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to be the third recipient of...

15 Oct 2016
Montgomery Canal restoration receives major lottery award

Plans to restore one of Britain’s most picturesque canals received a major boost today (13 October) with the announcement that £4.2m of work to restore a further part of the Montgomery Canal is to get underway thanks to a £2.53m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The bid, led by the Canal & River Trust - the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales - and supported by the Montgomery Canal Partnership, is a major step forward in the 47-year...