Cycling and walking 'rangers' wanted for London's canal towpaths

24 February 2015

PEOPLE in London with a love of walking and cycling are being called on to volunteer and help make the capital’s increasingly busy canal towpaths even more pleasant places to visit.
The Canal & River Trust is hoping to recruit 30 new Towpath Rangers in the build up to the spring.
 

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Living Waterways Awards open for entries

28 January 2015.

THE Canal & River Trust launches the 2015 Living Waterways Awards today, (Wednesday January 28). The Awards recognise the most inspiring and exciting waterway-based projects across the UK. Entries close on Friday March 13.

Led by an independent panel of experts drawn from the voluntary, environmental, arts, heritage, engineering and architecture sectors, the Living Waterways Awards celebrates the work done by individuals, communities and organisations to improve their canals and rivers, making them exciting places to live, learn and spend time.

 

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See what”s below the water line

13 January 2015.

AN OPEN day is being held by the Canal & River Trust on Saturday January 24 at Lock 4 on the Grand Union Canal at Braunston where new lock gates are being fitted.
There will be a chance to descend steps to take a look at the historic brickwork and view the lock from a different perspective between 10am and 4pm.
Parking will be available at the Admiral Nelson Pub, Dark Lane, Daventry, Braunston NN11 7HJ, which is right next to the lock.
 

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Watch out for abseilers on the aqueduct!

Watch out for abseilers on the aqueduct!

15 December 2014.

PONTCYSYLLTE Aqueduct, Britain’s longest, highest aqueduct is to get a facelift today Monday), courtesy of abseiling contractors working for Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales.

Specialist harnessed contractors from OCS Group company Fountains will carry out vital maintenance work to remove unwanted vegetation which has taken root in crevasses of the grade one listed, scheduled ancient monument.

Using trowels and other hand tools, they will dig out ivy, moss, weeds and even young saplings attacking masonry on the impressive 200-year-old structure.
 

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Adventure day at Coombeswood Canal Trust

9 December 2014.

THE Coombeswood Canal Trust will be holding another Advenue Day on Sunday (December 14).

Ssimilar to the one in August, but this time on heritage working boat Atlas, this will start at 10 am and finish at 2pm.

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Freight shippers guide launched at Wakefield event

30 November 2014.

MAKING use of water freight: A guide for shippers – has been launched by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) during the FTA Freight by Water event held in Wakefield that explored water freight opportunities in the north of England.

The document provides a basic introduction to making use of water freight and is aimed at shippers of goods who might be considering water freight as a part of their supply chain solution. It covers the evaluation of how to consider potential opportunities, and the factors to be considered, as well as giving background on how the UK water freight industry operates.
 

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Nantwich aqueduct gets £200,000 renovation

Nantwich aqueduct gets £200,000 renovation

6 November 2014.

NANTWICH Aqueduct, one of Cheshire’s prized scheduled monuments, is to be conserved in a £200,000 project.
Known as the ‘Gateway to Nantwich’, the aqueduct is an iconic grade II* structure, designed by Thomas Telford in 1826, and which today still carries the Shropshire Union Canal over the A534 Nantwich to Chester road.


 

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New TV boat channel set for January launch

19 October 2014.

NORTH East TV, the producers behind shows such as Discover Britain and Behind The Scenes, are launching a brand new channel called The Boat Channel in January that will broadcast nationally on Sky and Freesat.
The series will broadcast right next to the already successful Caravan Channel and Motorhome channel which currently broadcasts at 9.30pm on Monday nights.

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Sailing volunteers needed on Broads

5 October 2014.

A Broads charity is seeking fit, experienced and safety conscious keelboat sailors to train as RYA(Royal Yachting Association) Instructors to take its disabled and disadvantaged visitors sailing.
Nancy Oldfield Trust at Neatishead, which offers day boating and holidays to disabled and socially disadvantaged people on and around Barton Broad, needs volunteers at weekends from April to October and also on weekdays during the winter months when weather conditions are suitable.
 

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HS2 route change reduces Fradley junction impact

3 October 2014.

THE Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, announced this week that the Government is adopting Canal & River Trust and Inland Waterways Association proposals to re-align the route of HS2.
The new route avoids much of the popular and historic Fradley Junction to Woodend area of the Trent & Mersey Canal, and the need for a large worksite alongside the Coventry Canal between Streethay and Huddlesford.
Assurances have also been given that HS2 will ensure that restoration of the Lichfield Canal can continue.

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