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  1. 21 April 2017


    The Canal & River Trust is inviting boaters to express an interest in being part of the workshops that will form stage two of its three stage national licensing consultation.
    In stage one the independent charity, Involve, which is leading the consultation, interviewed representatives from the main boating organisations to find out their views on how the consultation should work and what it should cover. The conversations have now been completed and the content will form the basis of discussions in a series of boater workshops across the country.

    Workshops will be hosted by Involve at venues across the network. Each workshop will consist of up to 15 boaters representing a range of different interest groups (for example boats with and without home moorings, leisure boaters, residential boaters, narrow and wide beam boaters) and a facilitator from Involve. The aim of the workshops is to help shape stage three of the consultation which will be open to all licence holders.

    The Trust is emailing all current boat licence holders for whom it holds a valid email address with an online link where they can express their interest in taking part in the workshops. Boaters without access to the internet can contact Customer Services to complete the form for them. Participants will be randomly selected by Involve from the various interest groups in each location.

    Ian Rogers, customer service and operations director at Canal & River Trust, said: “The first stage of our national licensing consultation has been very productive and I’m pleased at how eager, honest and involved the conversations so far have been. Now we’re offering every boater the opportunity to potentially take part in the workshops and help shape the wider consultation. We hope boaters dig deeper into the themes introduced by the boating organisations. I'm sure they'll be lively, enlightening discussions that help shape the final stage of consultation for our licensed customers.”


    For further media info please contact:
    Jonathan Ludford, Canal & River Trust
    m 07747 897783 e



  2. 10 April 2017


    “It’s blooming marvellous on the waterways” says the Canal & River Trust as it celebrates green-fingered boaters and waterside gardeners.  The charity is launching its first-ever ‘Boats in Bloom’ awards to say thank you to the many people who bring the waterways to life with plants and flowers.

    Starting in May, the Trust will be presenting colourful certificates to anyone whose boat or waterside planting is putting a smile on the face of passers-by.  The charity is also calling on people to share photos of blossoming boats and waterways to create an online gallery to inspire and delight others 

    There will also be a number of special prize categories for which people can nominate themselves or others.  Nominations will run through to 31 July and will be whittled down to a shortlist by a judging panel.  The shortlist will be published on the Trust’s website and boaters and waterway and gardening-lovers will be able to vote for their favourites. 

    Matthew Symonds, boating strategy and engagement manager at the Canal & River Trust, said:  “Take a walk along any towpath and you’ll be likely to come across a boat or a garden that lifts your spirits with its beautiful blooms.  With Boats in Bloom we’re saying thank you to all these gardeners who bring so much pleasure to other people.

    “Plants don’t just look pretty – a pot of herbs or a planter full of vegetables can be a sustainable lifestyle choice, while flowers provide food for bees and butterflies.  In fact there are all sorts of ways gardens bring benefits for wildlife, even if they’re on the move on the roof of a boat! 

    “We’d love to see how boaters and waterside gardeners are transforming the space around them.  If you have a favourite boat or towpath garden, or are especially proud of your own, please let us know.  We want Boats in Bloom to raise a smile, give people ideas and maybe inspire them to try a spot of gardening, or boating, themselves. 

    The special prize categories are:

    Boats in Bloom

    ·       Most flower filled boat

    ·       Most edible growing boat

    ·       Most imaginative use of space

    Towpaths in Bloom

    ·       Best towpath garden or open space

    ·       Best towpath business in bloom

    ·       Best wildlife friendly towpath gardening initiative

    To find out more about Boats in Bloom please visit: 

    Twitter:  #boatsinbloom


    For further media requests please contact:

    Fran Read, national press officer, Canal & River Trust

    07796 610 427    

    Fran Read

    National Press Officer


    M 07796 610 427

    Canal & River Trust, Toll House, Delamere Terrace, London, W2 6ND

    Twitter: @CRTComms