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Overwater at Audlem is first canal marina to get five Gold Anchors

The Yacht Harbour Association has awarded the maximum ranking in its Gold Anchor Award scheme to Overwater Marina, on the Shropshire Union canal near Audlem.  The marina is the first on the British Waterways inland network to gain the maximum five Gold Anchors in the scheme. 

The YHA said that this was a ‘very commendable achievement’ for a marina that had been open for only 18 months.  The scheme rates marinas on a scale from one to five, and is designed to assure boaters of the credibility and quality of the marina, based on the YHA’s Code of Practice.

The YHA's Gold Anchor Award Scheme - which won them the 2011 PBO Green Award in the Campaign or Initiative category - is a voluntary programme that assesses customer service and moorings quality. The ratings provides assurance of the credibility and quality of marinas both in the UK and internationally.

Overwater Marina is set alongside the Shropshire Union Canal, and features a ‘lakeland’ design with islands designed to give sanctuary to wildlife.  Moorings are based in small groups around the marina’s edge and separated by grassy promontories.  The marina has been designed to not only fit in to its surroundings, but to actively enhance the environment with a range of new habitats which have been created and to make use of renewable energy technology to provide hot water and heating for its facilities building.  

The award comes on top of Overwater’s recent accreditation by The Green Blue, the joint environment programme created by the British Marine Federation and the RYA to reduce environmental impact on inland and coastal waters.  The Green Blue’s ‘ICOMIA Clean Marina Award’ comes as part of the Gold Anchor accreditation.

Gareth Turnbull, general manager of The Yacht Harbour Association, said: “Janet Maughan and her staff have to be congratulated for their attention to detail and the high standard of customer service they offer in this first class marina”.

Overwater Marina: Just before Christmas it was first canal marina to get "Five Gold Anchors" - and presumably 4 calling birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree on the wildlife island sanctuary in the middle of the marina.)

Wednesday 7 December  | Andrew Denny  | 4.51pm, Wednesday 7 December 2011

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