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M&S canal clean-up

Staff from Marks & Spencer came out in force last week (22-28 April) to help national waterways charity the Canal & River Trust clear more than 12,000kgs of rubbish from over 145 miles of the nation’s historic canals and rivers.

The events were part of the retailer’s second M&S Big Beach Clean-up which, for . . . → Read More: Marks & Sparks canal clean-up – Setting a good example to riparian businesses

Activities | Angling | Canal & River Trust | Canoeing | Cycling | Environment | Heritage | Maintenance | Stoppages | Waterway Communities | Wildlife

Trent & Mersey Canal breach Appeal

The Canal & River Trust have launched an appeal to raise funds to help repair the breach on the Trent & Mersey canal caused by the extraordinary recent weather.

The 240-year-old Trent & Mersey Canal is a bustling artery of our canal network and key part of the Cheshire Ring providing jobs in the local . . . → Read More: Trent & Mersey Canal breach Appeal

Activities | Canal & River Trust | Waterway Communities | Waterway News

Street View comes to the nation’s canal network

31 July 2012

As a direct result of their sponsorship of the recently launched Canal & River Trust, Google has begun photographing the canal network. There are already reports of a tricyle travelling along towpath equipped with multiple cameras in key spots.

Two wonders of Britain’s historic canal network are available to view around the . . . → Read More: Street View comes to the nation’s canal network

Activities | Environment | Volunteering | Walking | Wildlife

Himalayan Balsam Alert

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

Activities | Volunteering | Waterway Communities | Waterway News

Kennet & Avon Canal Volunteering Renaissance

 

The team on the boat at BW's Caen Hill yard ready to begin the refurbishment: ©Bob Naylor

Waterway volunteers will be recognised in the Waterways Renaissance Awards for the first time this year — and a group on the Kennet & Avon Canal have reached the finals of the award.

The Devizes-based Avon . . . → Read More: Kennet & Avon Canal Volunteering Renaissance

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Staffordshire canal users asked to help keep crime down

Police in Staffordshire have unveiled Canal Watch, a new campaign to help keep the waterways safe.

Those who sign up to Canal Watch will be able to report suspicious activity and find out about any incidents on the waterways in their area.

They will have access to the Owl Online Watch Link system currently used . . . → Read More: Staffordshire canal users asked to help keep crime down

Activities | Waterway Communities

Stratford River Festival June 30th - July 1st 2012

The increasingly popular Stratford River Festival will be held this year on Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st July 2012.

There will be live music all weekend, beer tent, craft and charity stalls, family area, boats moored on the River Avon and on Saturday night, an illuminated boat display followed by a spectacular firework display.

Details . . . → Read More: Stratford River Festival June 30th – July 1st 2012

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Help save historic canal boat in Stourport

9th Jan 2012

An appeal has been launched to restore a historic canal boat at Stourport Canal Basins. The Bramble was donated by British Waterways to local group Stourport Forward.

Volunteers from Stourport Forward plan to refurbish the Bramble so that it can be used for education and possibly boat trips. Some of the volunteers . . . → Read More: Help save historic canal boat in Stourport

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Stratford-upon-Avon river festival

Stratford-upon-Avon river festival

02 July 2011 – 03 July 2011

The recreation ground and River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon will come alive for the festival, which brings together boaters and the local community for a fun-filled weekend.

There will be entertainment, activities, stalls, live music, food and drink, all just across the river from the Royal . . . → Read More: Stratford-upon-Avon river festival

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Droitwich Canal Opening and Water Festival | Events | Waterscape

Droitwich Canal Opening and Water Festival

01 July 2011 – 03 July 2011

Vines Park

A weekend of events to celebrate the opening of the restored Droitwich Canals. Vines Park will play host to a huge gathering of canal and working boats.

Friday

The official opening ceremony will take place in Vines Park from 2pm. . . . → Read More: Droitwich Canal Opening and Water Festival | Events | Waterscape