8th November 2013
After a busy summer visiting waterway festivals, attending user group meetings, speaking at stakeholder gatherings and simply listening to anyone who had a view, Richard Parry, the CEO of Canal & River Trust has come to the conclusion that “All our many users, especially boaters, are vital to the . . . → Read More: CRT’s Richard Parry outlines Plans for more effective engagement with Users
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
Published in Islington Tribune: November 25, 2011
by PETER GRUNER
A SPLIT emerged this week in Islington’s cyclist and pedestrian coalition over how to deal with the worsening conflict on the towpath.
The coalition group has approved a statement by British Waterways saying the Regent’s Canal towpath is under huge, unsustainable pressure and calling for . . . → Read More: Cyclists and pedestrians clash over towpaths
District and Parish Councillors in Lichfield were given an early insight into the way that British Waterways will become a charitable civic society in April 2012. The presentation highlighted the key elements of how the new charity will be governed and the way that local authorities will be able to have a direct influence on . . . → Read More: Community Mooring Strategies to be set up in Staffordshire