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Tuesday 25 June

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  • Dutchman swims 121-mile canal ice-skating route hit by climate crisis theguardian.com

    As Europe braces for a heatwave this week, a Dutchman is swimming the route of the country’s most famed ice skating race, which has not been held for two decades as the climate crisis bites. Instead of skating the 121 miles (195km) of the daunting Elfstedentocht (11 cities race), the Olympic gold marathon swimmer Maarten van der Weijden is ploughing his way through its canals....

Friday 21 June

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  • Developers building homes near Basingstoke Canal will be asked to help maintain towpaths getsurrey.co.uk

    House builders could be asked to help maintain towpaths if their developments are built close to a canal. Councils will also be asked to take into consideration the impact of new builds on wildlife and surface drainage around the waterways, according to a report. The proposals form part of a new set of guidance for planning applications near to the Basingstoke Canal....

Thursday 13 June

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  • Town could get another bridge across Ship Canal warringtonguardian.co.uk

    Another bridge could be built over the Manchester Ship Canal to improve connectivity between south Warrington and the town centre. The two major highway schemes proposed in the draft local transport plan, LTP4, are the Western Link and garden suburb strategic link in Warrington South. The £212 million Western Link, which will provide a crossing over the Ship Canal, could be open by 2025....

  • Edinburgh church honours wartime nurses who transported wounded by canal scotsman.com

    A Peace Garden is being dedicated today to the Scotland’s First World War ‘barge sisters’, the nurses who transported seriously wounded soldiers in ‘hospital barges’ along canals in France, Flanders, and later the Nile. The garden, by the Union canal at Polwarth Parish Church in Edinburgh, is complemented by a display of photographs in the kirk’s Drennan Hall. ...

Tuesday 11 June

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  • Gift of coal for Lancaster Canal's 200th birthday thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk

    A lump of coal to mark the 200th anniversary of the Lancaster Canal has been presented to the chairman of South Lakeland District Council on a stretch of towpath. The unusual gift was given to Cllr Stephen Coleman by Alan Roberts, of Lichfield Cruising Club, as a nod to the fact the waterway was known as the "black and white canal" for its cargoes of coal from Wigan and limestone from Kendal....

Friday 7 June

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  • Garden with canal tunnel to feature at BBC Gardeners World Live cravenherald.co.uk

    Award winning garden designer, Chris Myers, has teamed up with The Canal and River Trust and volunteer lock keepers to create a garden for next week's BBC Gardeners’ World Live. The ‘Making Life Better by Water’ garden aims to bring to life an authentic canal experience that captures the beauty and diversity of the nation’s historic waterways and also to celebrate the ways in which they can be enjoyed for keeping active, sharing time with family and friends or for enjoying some peace and relaxation....

Wednesday 5 June

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  • Halesowen in Bloom goes international with narrowboat floral display herefordtimes.com

    Judges from America and Canada have jetted into Halesowen this week as the town seeks to win international honours for its floral displays. The Halesowen in Bloom team are showing John Lohuis, from Ontario in Canada, and Alex Pearl, from Ohio, USA, around the town from yesterday (Monday) to tomorrow. They will be taken to the canal at Hawne Basin, Leasowes park, Leasowes walled garden, Halesowen Golf Club and then to the town centre and St John's Church. Scores of hard-working volunteers have been grafting across the town and a model narrowboat, constructed by Coombeswood Canal Trust, at the bottom of Mucklow Hill, is one of many spots which have been planted up....

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