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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Droitwich Canal Opening and Water Festival
01 July 2011 – 03 July 2011
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.
The official opening ceremony will take place in Vines Park from 2pm. . . . → Read More: Droitwich Canal Opening and Water Festival | Events | Waterscape