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Tuesday 23 April

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  • Paddle boarders win environmental award for removing rubbish from River Weaver winsfordguardian.co.uk

    Hundreds of pieces of plastic waste and rubbish have been prevented from reaching the Irish Sea over the past year, thanks to a ground-breaking river adoption agreement between the Canal & River Trust charity and Mid Cheshire Stand Up Paddleboard Club. The River Weaver Navigation, which runs through North Cheshire, is now much cleaner as a result of the Trust’s first UK river adoption by a stand up paddle board club last March. And the club has made such an impact locally, it has been awarded Winsford Town Council’s Trueprint Environment Award....

  • Could living on a canal boat help you get onto property ladder? thisismoney.co.uk

    'The money I save from living on a boat should be enough for a deposit to buy a home': Priced out of the property market? You could barge in....

Saturday 13 April

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  • Mid Devon council agree to continue £45k grant for Grand Western Canal devonlive.com

    Councillors have promised to continue supporting the Grand Western Canal in Tiverton. Mid Devon District Council agreed to continue its annual grant of £45,000 towards the maintenance of the waterway and that an assessment is taken in liaison with Devon County Council before the financial year 2020/21 to inform decision making concerning the level of future grant support for the canal....

Friday 12 April

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  • 'Human arm' among 8 tons dragged out of water during MK canal clean-up miltonkeynes.co.uk

    A realistic-looking female arm was just one on the bizarre items found in a massive canal clean-up operation. The arm dredged out of the water turned out to belong to a shop mannequin. “The rest of her was never found,” said a spokesman for the clean-up, which was organised by the MK branch of the Inland Waterways Association. A crew of 76 members and volunteers pulled an incredible eight tons of rubbish out of the canal in MK over two days....

  • Disused Erewash Canal pub to be demolished for flats derbytelegraph.co.uk

    A disused canal-side pub in Cotmanhay could be demolished and replaced with 23 apartments aimed at first-time buyers. The plans, pitched by Nottingham firm Maxwell Cohen, would see the Bridge Inn knocked down in the next few weeks and replaced with a three-storey apartment block by next year. ...

  • Historic narrowboat is BCN primary school classroom expressandstar.com

    Students at Millfield Primary School in Catshill Road, Brownhills, can board the boat for lessons in art, science, history and business. The narrowboat is moored behind the school on a stretch of canal. It was found after staff at the school got in touch with Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust, which told them about a boat which required renovation in Birmingham....

Wednesday 10 April

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  • IWA launches Waterways in Progress report waterways.org.uk

    "Restoration schemes are not just a means to an end; they have a life of their own and can bring quantifiable benefits at every stage" Waterways in Progress is a new report to be published in the near future by IWA's Restoration Hub in conjunction with members of the Hub's High Level Panel of restoration movement representatives. Using case studies from across the UK network, from canals both restored and still striving towards completion, Waterways in Progress seeks to spell out how well thought-out, partial restoration initiatives can start to deliver right from Day One. ...

Friday 5 April

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  • Nudists enjoy fish and chip dinner on naked canal cruise metro.co.uk

    This week 40 nudists journeyed down the Shropshire Union Canal in Stafford, entirely naked while eating fish and chips. Why, you may ponder? To show the public just how fun doing things without clothes can be. We’re convinced. Norbury Wharf Limited teamed up with British Naturism, a 50-year-old organisation with more than 9,000 members, to turn their regular fish and chip cruise into a naked treat....

Monday 1 April

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  • Boaters banned from mooring in Cambridge Riverside cambridge-news.co.uk

    Boaters have seemingly been banned from mooring on Cambridge riverside. Cambridge City Council has put up signs on the nearby fencing which says 'No Mooring Permitted.' Photographs of the change appear to show how empty the area had become - where boats were usually moored up to the wall. The new rules mean boaters who are caught may have to pay a fine of up to £50....

  • Real canal pusher at work on Edinburgh's Union Canal dailyrecord.co.uk

    Police are hunting a group of youths who pushed three cyclists into a canal in Edinburgh . The men were targeted in separate incidents as they cycled along the Union Canal between 5pm and 9.15pm on Wednesday. They were confronted by a group of youths on the path near Murrayburn and Wester Hailes and were pushed into the water. The three cyclists all managed to get out of the canal themselves but suffered minor injuries....

Tuesday 26 March

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Monday 25 March

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  • 'Abandoned as baby in Gas Street Basin - I could only be happy when I found out why' mirror.co.uk

    The dark truth of his birth left him devastated. Richard, 64, says: “I was so horrified I felt numb. I tried to read on, but couldn’t take it in because my eyes filled and blurred my vision. “It was a terrible story to read about any baby, and realising that baby was me felt overwhelming. “Knowing I came into the world like that, unwanted from the moment I arrived and left to die in minus two degree temperatures, made me sob for three hours afterwards.” It was a miracle Richard survived the rat-infested canal bank in Birmingham’s Gas Street Basin. But his headline-grabbing birth was the start of a childhood so tumultuous he recalls his years in a children’s home as his happiest...

  • £98k grant for Shrewsbury & Newport Canal work shropshirestar.com

    Vital conservation work will be carried out on the Shrewsbury & Newport Canal thanks to a £98,000 grant. The money will be spent on restoring the site's ecological condition and work will involve public consultation, ecological surveys, conservation dredging, water quality protection and access improvements....

Sunday 24 March

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  • The hidden secrets of Britain's waterways telegraph.co.uk

    For ten years I’ve lived aboard my narrowboat, cruising the 2,000 miles of waterways in Britain. I’ve travelled the length of the joined navigable canals and rivers, from Tewitfield, near the Cumbrian border, to Godalming in Surrey....

Monday 18 March

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  • Evocative pictures show everyday life on Britain's canals in the 1950s dailymail.co.uk

    Evocative photographs from the 1950s reveal glimpses of the everyday lives of people who lived on Britain's canal system. Photos show neighbours sharing gossip on their moored vessels, families living on the waterways, children playing on the boats, a postman delivering mail and materials transported on the canals. The fascinating images of life along the canals were taken 1952 and also show the vital role the system played Britain's transport system....

Friday 15 March

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  • Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal gets £800,000 improvement funding theboltonnews.co.uk

    The Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal towpath is being improved due to £800,000 of funding. Money has been secured by the Canal and River Trust from Transport for Greater Manchester, through the Department for Transport Cycle City Ambition Grant. The works will see further improvements along the Bolton arm of the canal towpath between Meccano Bridge to Hall Lane in Little Lever....

  • Broad Street canal tunnel reopens ahead of schedule after tram works birminghammail.co.uk

    Twelve weeks' work to reinforce the main canal under Broad Street has been completed two days ahead of schedule. The strengthening process was required because of the Midland Metro tram extension at ground level above which will eventually take the service from New Street Station up to Five Ways. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads During the closure no narrowboats have been able to pass between Gas Street Basin and Arena Birmingham via a transport route which was facilitated 250 years ago by an Act of Parliament which led to the building of the Birmingham Main Line Canal. ...

Sunday 10 March

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  • Canal and River Trust deem aqueduct 'safe' after teenager bypassed railings and fell to death telegraph.co.uk

    The Canal & River Trust has insisted that its 200-year-old aqueduct is “safe for normal use” after being ordered to review safety measures following a teenager’s death. Kristopher McDowell, 18, fell 120ft from the Pontcysyllte aqueduct in Denbighshire after he bypassed railings at the UNESCO World Heritage site in May 2016. The teenager was walking home with three friends after a shift at McDonald’s when he stepped through a gap on to a narrow parapet after one of his friends said he was scared of heights. Senior coroner for North Wales East and Central, John Gittins has now called for safety measures at the world-famous tourist attraction to be re-examined after a cast-iron upright - behind a gap in railings alongside the site towpath - gave way....

Friday 8 March

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  • Why a large dam might have to be built to hold back the Severn at Gloucester Docks gloucestershirelive.co.uk

    Engineers are trying to find alternatives to building a large dam which could make the cost to repairs to Gloucester Locks soar. Barges haven’t been able to go through the lock since the beginning of the year while engineers have been fixing the lock gates connecting the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal to the River Severn. But while the lock is now virtually empty, the water on the side of the gate is making it too dangerous for work to start. It means that a dam could have to be built to control water, a move which has been described by the Canal & River Trust as “a major civil engineering project”....

Thursday 7 March

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  • Microplastic pollution found in waterways the length and breadth of Britain news.sky.com

    Tiny pieces of plastic pollution have been found in rivers, lakes and wetlands across Britain, from Loch Lomond in Scotland to the River Blackwater in Essex. Research by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth suggests widespread contamination of British waterways with found pollution levels ranging from more than 1,000 tiny pieces of plastic per litre in the River Tame in Greater Manchester to 2.4 pieces per litre in Loch Lomond....

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