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Canal & River Trust

Canal & River Trust (CRT) is one of the UK's newest charities – having been created in July 2012 as the successor to British Waterways. CRT is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic inland waterways in England and Wales including canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs – along with historic buildings, archives and three waterways museums.

When canals were first carved out countryside 200 years ago, they were the hard-working arteries of the industrial revolution. Today 50% of the population lives with five miles of a canal, river or towpath and they provide an essential place for wildlife and loved by millions of visitors each year.

Funding received from players of People's Postcode Lottery supports the following projects:

The Guillotine Lock

Funding will contribute to comprehensive repair works that will enable restoration of this rare, grade II listed building.

Rufford Water Voles Project

Funding will cover improvement work to the Rufford branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, transforming the banks into a suitable habitat for water voles to thrive.

Hedgerow Project

By recruiting a national network of 40 volunteers, funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery will enable Canal & River Trust to survey our canal-side hedgerows which have gone into decline by more than 50% over the last 70 years. A vital place for wildlife, the Trust will be able to create an improvement plan to fill gaps, carry out coppicing to allow growth, remove invasive species and plant new hedgerow that creates a corridor for wildlife.

For more information, visit the Canal and River Trust website To help support their work, sign up to play People's Postcode Lottery.

Head Office Address

Canal & River Trust

Canal & River Trust First Floor North Station House 500 Elder Gate Milton Keynes England MK9 1BB

Canal & River Trust

Amount raised to date:


Regions receiving support:

England, Wales

Funding body:

Charities Supported Directly


Brian Blessed, David Suchet, John Craven, Timothy West


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