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Wednesday 17 June

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  • Floating Art Tour Arrives in Hemel Hempstead grandunion.boatshed.com

    A group of canal based artists are spending this month visiting Hemel Hempstead on the southern Grand Union. The Artists on the Canal are a group of boaters who have temporarily turned their boats into cruising galleries, displaying paintings, drawings, sculptures, poetry, and visual installations in ‘pop-up shops’ along the towpath. The floating art tour consists of four boats, five artists and six locations. ...


Tuesday 16 June

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  • New campaign for Driffield canal restoration driffieldtoday.co.uk

    Waterways enthusiasts have started a campaign to raise £500,000 to complete the final stage of the restoration of the Driffield Navigation Canal. Members of the Driffield Navigation Amenities Association (DNAA) launched the campaign to pay for the rebuilding of the Wansford Road road bridge, which is the final barrier preventing barges from travelling all the way from Driffield to London....

  • Dog bite incidents reported on canal towpath in Market Harborough harboroughmail.co.uk

    Police officers have been made aware of a number of dog bite incidents on the canal towpath in the union wharf area of Market Harborough involving what is believed to be the same dog. On a number of occasions, people walking or jogging through have been approached by the dog and bitten. Dogs also being walked by their owners have been also bitten by the dog. The dog is described as a light brown dog which is similar to a greyhound in appearance. It is often accompanied by two other dogs described as a black dog along with a smaller black and white terrier sized dog. None of the injuries sustained by the people or dogs have been described as serious....

  • INEOS fined £166,650 over toxic spill in Manchester Ship Canal liverpoolecho.co.uk

    Chemical giant Ineos ChlorVinyls has been fined £166,650 over a toxic spill in the Manchester Ship Canal. The company, based in Weston Point, had admitted a charge of breaching its environmental permit after an estimated 3.8 tonnes of caustic soda burst from a pipe that was being used to load a ship at Percival Lane on January 17, 2012. The firm was also ordered to pay £28,811.78 in costs....

  • Environmental calls for sea traffic to take Caledonian Canal https:

    The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) are urging vessels sailing from the west coast to the North Sea and vice versa, to take the direct route by using the famous canal. Sepa estimate that using the canal rather than the longer route through the Minch and the stormy seas of the Pentland Firth would save around 7,700 litres of fuel and more than 85% in carbon emissions for a return journey. Sepa estimate that an average journey along the 60 mile canal from Corpach to Inverness would burn around 500 litres of fuel, compared with an average 3,850litres for the longer trip....

  • Young and old Poddle for Wey & Arun Canal chichester.co.uk

    On a sunny day with a cooling breeze, 142 people strolled across the South Downs for the Wey and Arun Canal Trust. Proceeds from the annual Poddle last Sunday totalled £6,750 and with the Gift Aid on most of the proceeds, the trust was able to top it up to more than £8,000. The money will go to restoration projects along the length of the canal, which runs 23 miles from Pallingham to Shalford in Surrey....

  • Building a bridge by 3D printing mx3d.com

    Mx3D is to 3D print a steel bridge. Really. With our robots that can “draw” steel structures in 3D, we will print a bridge over water in the center of Amsterdam. We research and develop groundbreaking, cost-effective robotic technology with which we can 3D print beautiful, functional objects in almost any form. The ultimate test? Printing an intricate, ornate metal bridge for a special location to show what our robots and software, engineers, craftsmen and designers can do....

  • The low waterway bridge that doesn't open - instead, ships submerge to pass under marineinsight.com

    A major road bridge with no need to open because ships ‘submerge’ under it – this is the new Tilting Lock invented by Dutch engineers at Royal HaskoningDHV. The Tilting Lock (Kantelsluis) is a floating structure which has two separate water filled channels with space for five yachts at a time. When the lock is level, the water surface in both channels is 4 metre lower than the water in the river. To start service the lock will tilt in order to raise the level of one of the channels to meet the water level outside the Tilting Lock....


Thursday 11 June

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  • 3D Printed Steel Pedestrian Bridge Will Soon Span an Amsterdam Canal 3dprint.com

    The oldest of Amsterdam’s approximately 1,280 bridges in use dates back to 1648. The city is famous for its beautiful canals and waterways, and Dutch engineers have long made their names in constructing ways around the “Venice of the North.” Tourists are encouraged to visit one particular bridge on the Herengracht canal, from which they can see 15 bridges in one view. In addition to bridges, the Netherlands has been gaining fame across the board for its reputation in the global 3D printing arena. Now, the two are being brought together in an amazing feat of engineering prowess as Heijmans, MX3D, and Joris Laarman Lab collaborate on a first-of-its-kind project: a 3D printed steel pedestrian bridge that will span one of Amsterdam’s historic canals....

  • 'Concern' over HS2 canal bridges https:

    The Canal & River Trust has raised “concern” over the bridges to be used by the £43bn High Speed 2 (HS2) project. There will be 40 interfaces between the ultra-modern rapid rail link from London to the North and the Canal & River Trust’s historic network of inland waterways. “How do we ensure that these huge proposals take account of the special context and character of our waterway world?” asked the trust’s urban design team manager Marcus Chaloner. ...

  • £4.2m for canal towpath upgrades in Black Country expressandstar.com

    Canal towpaths across the Black Country will be spruced up as part of a £4.2 million package of improvements to encourage cycling and walking. Links between canals and vital services will be created and existing cycle routes refurbished as part of the scheme, with work set to get underway this week. The 'Managing Short Trips' project is being carried out by public transport co-ordinator Centro in partnership with the Canal and River Trust and councils in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton....

  • North Walsham & Dilham Canal information day edp24.co.uk

    It is one of Norfolk’s forgotten gems, neglected for decades and overlooked even by many locals. But enthusiasts hoping to breathe new life into the North Walsham and Dilham Canal used the weekend to bring attention to this derelict piece of the region’s heritage. The waterway - the county’s only canal with locks - was celebrated at an annual event at Ebridge Mill Pond, at which those working to restore sections of the route met to discuss their work and allow the public to find out more....

  • Worcester first canal festival worcesternews.co.uk

    The first three-day Worcester Canal Festival at Lansdowne Park starts tomorrow, Friday 12th June. As part of the event, part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the Worcester to Birmingham Canal, the nearby Chestnut pub in Lansdowne Road will be selling a selection of lager, ale and cider at £3 a pint, with all proceeds going to the charities supported by the festival....


Wednesday 10 June

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  • Montgomery Canal towpath in Powys complete bbc.co.uk

    A project to restore Montgomery Canal's towpath in Powys has been completed. The path between Four Crosses and Carreghofa, near Llanymynech, is open to walkers, cyclists and anglers. Canoe access points have also been created. It is the final section of towpath to be upgraded as part of a £1m investment linking Newtown and Welshpool. The work has been carried out by the Canal and River Trust in Wales, with help from Powys council and the Welsh government....

  • New signpost marks spruced-up junction of Kennet & Avon Canal with the River Avon in Bath bathchronicle.co.uk

    A shiny new signpost now graces the spruced-up spot where the Kennet and Avon Canal meets the River Avon in Bath. The finger signpost was unveiled at the end of a volunteer project to clear 50 years of unrestricted plant growth at the junction and plant anew. Volunteers from the Bath and Bristol branch of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust did the clearing and planting....

  • Cosmetics brands commit to scrub microplastics from their products mcsuk.org

    Retailers and cosmetics brands have washed their hands of microplastics in personal care products. Thousands of pledges from members of the public to "Scrub it out!" have helped us convince many retailers and brands that washes, scrubs, gels and pastes made from natural products are just as effective as any with microplastics, and won't damage our seas....


Tuesday 9 June

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  • Clean-up operation under way after ‘deliberate’ fuel spill on GU in Northamptonshire northamptonchron.co.uk

    A massive fuel spill at a Northamptonshire marina has now been contained by the Environment Agency and the clean-up operation has started. Ten people were evacuated and assessed by paramedics after thousands of litres of fuel leaked into Grand Union Canal at Gayton Marina on Saturday. Northamptonshire Police have launched an investigation and have described it as a “criminal act”. An Environment Agency spokesman said today the leak has been stopped and specialist contractors are currently on-site carrying out clean-up operations....


Monday 8 June

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  • Two people and dogs rescued from boat run aground on River Severn worcesternews.co.uk

    Firefighters rescued two people and two dogs from a boat that had run aground on the River Severn near Worcester yesterday evening (Saturday, June 6). Crews were alerted to the problem just after 6pm, on a stretch of the river north of Bevere lock....


Friday 5 June

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  • Chester canal lock keeper helps rescue mother and baby chesterchronicle.co.uk

    A lock-keeper helped save the life of a mother and baby during a dramatic incident on the canal near Chester’s Telford’s Warehouse on 4th June. Paddy McGovern, a Canal & River Trust operative, was working at Northgate Locks about 11am when he heard screaming after a young woman and her tiny infant fell in to the deepest part of the canal, under the railway bridge. She had been startled after pigeons flew into her face, causing her – and the pram she was pushing – to end up in the water although it is unclear whether she was holding the baby at the time. Paddy and passer-by ‘Laura’ ran to the aid of the mother who, while still in the water, was holding her baby aloft....

  • Stretch of historic Newry to Portadown canal to be reflooded bbc.co.uk

    A four-mile stretch of an historic canal is to be reflooded for the first time in almost 75 years. New lock gates have been fitted on a section of the Newry to Portadown canal between Poyntzpass and Scarva. Finished in 1742, it is the oldest man-made canal in Britain and Ireland. Volunteers have spent almost 1,000 hours making and fitting the gates which have now been closed to allow a build-up of water. Ultimately, it is hoped the section will be used by shallow draft boats and canoeists. ...


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