Living Waterways Awards open for 2019 entries

THE Canal & River Trust’s 2019 Living Waterways Awards have opened for entries, and the charity is looking for projects from across the UK that are helping to make lives better by water by creating vibrant and thriving living waterways.

The Awards, which are sponsored by Kier, Amco Giffen, Arcadis, CPC Civils, Fountains, Land & Water and Vinci, are led by an independent panel of judges under the guardianship of Sue Wilkinson, trustee of Canal & River Trust. Past winners include a floating park in Paddington Basin, London, a festival in Burnley, a regeneration project in Glasgow and an ambitious scheme to get people with disabilities on the river in Henley.

Sue Wilkinson said: “The Living Waterways Awards are the only awards that recognise the many different projects and schemes that are transforming canals, rivers, lakes, lochs and reservoirs across the four nations, and each year we attract entries from the voluntary, environmental, arts, heritage, engineering and architecture sectors, showing the breadth of organisations and individuals who are involved.

“We are very much looking forward to shining a spotlight on the most inspiring and exciting waterway-based projects and want to hear from anyone who is using  inland waterways to make a real and lasting difference to lives across the UK.”

There are six categories up for grabs: Art, Culture or Events; Built Environment; Engaging Communities; Heritage & Conservation; Learning & Skills; and Natural Environment.

Closing date for entries is Friday March 22, 2019. Entry forms and further details can be found at