26 July 2012
Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins, the first ever British Tour de France winner, have lent their support to the Canal & River Trust, by donating an autographed Team Sky cycle jersey for auction.
The jersey was sold for £1300 on Ebay, with the entirety of the proceeds going directly to the . . . → Read More: Wiggo Gives CRT the Thumbs Up
On July 2nd 2012, after a remarkably short time since original concept – a period of less than 3 years including the successful passage of primary legislation through Parliament – a purpose-built new charity – The Canal & River Trust formally took over the responsibility and management of most of the navigable inland waterways in . . . → Read More: New Waterways Charity launched
Due to the number of calls we have had regarding the coverage from the BBC of the Pageant, Martyn Heighton, Director of National Historic Ships UK, has sent this letter to the Telegraph (Friday 8 June):
The BBC’s coverage of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant and Parade of Sail
I write as Head of the organisation . . . → Read More: BBC Coverage of Jubilee Pageant slammed by National Historic Boats UK
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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
21st May 2012 British Waterways, the Waterways Trust, the Inland Waterways Association, Groundwork West Midlands, Stoke City Council and some marinas in the Central Shires waterway are looking at how we can improve recycling on the canal network. Together we’re developing a Big Lottery funding application to look into how recycling on the waterways can be encouraged. If we’re successful it’ll bring £1 million pounds to the Central Shires waterway and we’ll be able to roll out the lessons learned across the network so that it’s easier to recycle for all waterway users. . . . → Read More: Have your say on canalside recycling
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
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
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