Waterways of intrest – United Kingdom

Canal & River Trust

Who we are
The Canal & River Trust is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. When it was formed in 2012, taking on the assets and responsibilities of British Waterways, it represented the largest transfer of public assets to the third sector ever.

Our work is split between England and Wales, and our work in Wales is chaired by Nigel Annett.

The Trust cares for an extraordinary collection of waterways in England and Wales, holding them in trust for the nation in perpetuity. This includes 2,000 miles of working canals and river navigations, docks and 72 reservoirs; the third largest collection of listed buildings and structures in the UK (c.2,700 in total) and 500 miles designated within conservation areas; 63 Sites of Special Scientific Interest; over 1,000 wildlife conservation sites; one and contributing to a further four UNESCO world heritage sites; the national waterways collection and archives and its museums.

Our waterways offer easily accessible activity and recreation, or quiet contemplation to de-stress, and support wider economic regeneration, educational, health and tourism benefits close to people’s homes. Over 50% of the population of England and Wales live within 5 miles of one of our waterways and many of those people live among the most deprived communities in the UK.

Through the actions of our staff, volunteers and supporters we can ensure that “living Waterways transform places and enrich lives’


Canal & River Trust
Stephen Higham -EU Funding Manager / Enterprise Team Manager (North)
Waterside House
Waterside Drive
Tel: 07917 634939
E-mail: Stephen.higham@canalrivertrust.org.uk
Website: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk

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