Himalayan Balsam is an invasive plant (botanical name impatiens glandulifera) which was introduced to Britain in the mid 19th Century by Victorian gardeners. It is the tallest annual plant in the UK, growing to a height of over three metres. Himalayan Balsam is problematic because it crowds out native plants and can take over whole areas of river and canal bank. The seeds, up to 800 per plant, are released explosively from the seed pods and can travel for up to seven metres from the plant. If the seeds land in a stream, river or canal they will be taken downstream where they will start a new colony, which is one of the reasons this plant is so difficult to control. Over the last ten years this plant has become more established on many of our waterways. If you see it growing when you are out and about on the towpath this summer, please pull up the plants (if it is safe for you to do so) and put them on the side of the towpath to die back naturally. If this can be done before the seed pods have developed, we will a few less plants next year. . . . → Read More: Himalayan Balsam Alert
24 May 2012
British Waterways welcomes the Order of The Honourable Mr Justice Eder in the High Court of Justice dated 9 May 2012 in refusing permission for a Judicial Review of BW’s guidance for boaters without a home mooring.
As well as noting that the application from Nick Brown of the National Bargee Travellers . . . → Read More: Statement: Nick Brown v British Waterways Board
Tameside Radio report that British Waterways and Tesco have launched regular clean-ups of the canal in Stalybridge as part of a drive to breathe new life into Stalybridge town centre.
Attracting boaters and visitors to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, which passes through the town centre, is seen as a crucial part of the plans drawn . . . → Read More: Monthly clean-up for canal – News Article
Interview by Third Sector
Robin Evans, chief executive of the Canal and River Trust, is close to launching it as an independent organisation after three years of preparation – and he’s sure it’s the right move.
“We’ve never felt that being part of government was the right place for the canals,” he says. “Government is . . . → Read More: Robin Evans: ‘I Think It Will Work For Us – And For Others’
By David Ainsworth, Third Sector, 15 May 2012
Brecon Basin, Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
After three years of planning, British Waterways is to leave government control and become a charity. David Ainsworth reports on progress and interviews its chief executive, Robin Evans
Early in 2009, British Waterways, the quango responsible for maintaining the country’s canals, . . . → Read More: Analysis: the Canal and River Trust casts off from the moorings of state
Published on Saturday 5 May 2012 08:00, Bucks Herald
APPROVAL has been given for a waterside residential development at Marsworth.
The application by British Waterways was for the building of 12 new dwellings and the conversion of the former carpenter’s workshop to provide a total of 13 new dwellings with new and upgraded boater’s facilities, . . . → Read More: Regeneration of Marsworth is given approval