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July 12, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

The Canal & River Trust – New UK charity is launched

  Today is an historic day; the day in which the UK Government places 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in trust for the nation and the new charity, the Canal & River Trust, is launched.  From today, the 10 million people who visit and love the UK waterways will have the chance to play a greater role in making them more beautiful than ever.  To celebrate the launch of the Canal & River Trust, renowned English poet Ian McMillan has written ‘Canal Life’.

The move, part of the Public Bodies Reform programme, is the largest single transfer of a public body into the charitable sector and will give communities the opportunity to get involved with the running of their local canal or river.  To mark its launch, the trust has unveiled its first appeal, 50 projects across the nation that will breathe new life into towpaths and riverbanks.  By pledging money or time, people can get involved in projects such as creating new habitats for rare water voles, planting linear orchards for people and wildlife, and restoring neglected towpaths.



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  1. waterways forward / Jul 16 2012 9:00 am

    Read what the Richard Benyon, Environment Minister, MP for Newbury has to say about the new waterways charity, ‘A New Chapter for Our Waterways’…..

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