The Canal & River Trust brings to life over 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales because it believes in making life better by water for millions of people. Canals put nature into the heart of urban communities. They're free, open spaces - a world away from the stresses of every day, for all to enjoy. And it's the job of the Trust to keep them that way.

From improving towpaths for cyclists to creating new wildlife habitats, the Trust constantly strives to make its canals and rivers the very best they can be.

Research findings show that spending time by water makes people feel happier and healthier. Eight million people live within one kilometre of the Trust's waterways. Many of these areas are the most deprived in the country, where the Trust's work will have a profound positive impact on people's lives. That is why the charity is dedicated to working alongside volunteers and communities across England and Wales to transform their local canals and rivers into free spaces - places people will want to spend time and benefit from them.

Thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, the Canal & River Trust has been provided with over £4 Million for this work. This funding has supported a number of programmes, including

  • the urban community volunteering programme 'Community Roots',
  • crucial environmental protection work, and
  • major heritage restoration projects like Marple Aqueduct.

Through this amazing support, wildlife habitats have been protected, communities have been engaged, and thousands of new volunteers have supported the charity.

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Canal & River Trust's 'Community Roots' volunteers with a motorbike they removed from the bottom of a canal